Helping Scientists, Doctors, and Patients Improve Public Health
Chlorine chemistry is critical to manufacturing many of the medicines we depend on, including some that help lower patient cholesterol levels, control arthritis pain and relieve allergy symptoms.
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Keeping Food Safe and Plentiful
Although the U.S. food supply is among the safest in the world, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells us foodborne diseases affect millions of Americans every year, resulting in thousands of deaths. Media coverage of food contamination incidents raises consumer awareness of the risks of microbial contamination of foods. Consumers want to know how they can reduce their chances of contracting foodborne illnesses.
Chlorine disinfectants are readily available, inexpensive weapons in the battle to control foodborne illness. Applied to food preparation surfaces, chlorine disinfectants can be highly effective in controlling many disease-causing microbes, including bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli and viruses such as hepatitis A.
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The Chlorine Science Center—Chlorine means more than clean swimming pool water and the proof is on this website. The Chlorine Science Center provides science activities for a wide range of ages, including monthly chemistry articles and downloadable coloring and activity books.
For Elementary to Middle School Students
- Water Germs Busted by Chlorine—Along with superheroes The Chlorin8tor and Little Hector, the Disinfector, explore the biology of four common waterborne pathogens through the lens of a microscope.
- Swimming Pool Germs Busted by Chlorine—The Chlorin8tor, armed with his Electron Grabber tool and his trusty sidekick, Little Hector, The Disinfector, battle harmful germs that invade pool water and make swimmers sick.
- Flu Germs Busted by Chlorine—In their third adventure, the Chlorin8tor and Little Hector battle the viruses that cause flu. The Disinfecting Duo teach kids the “sneaky way” that viruses spread and how they can use that knowledge to avoid flu.