Rotoblock Medical Waste Treatment Effective Against SARS, Other Infectious Diseases

June 21, 2012

SANTA ROSA, CA--(Marketwire -06/21/12)- In May, China reported more than 982,932 cases of infectious diseases resulting in 1,575 deaths, but no cases of SARS thanks in part to new government policies and a breakthrough in medical waste treatment from Rotoblock Corp. (RTBC).

An outbreak of SARS occurred between 2002 and 2003 in China that nearly became a pandemic, with 8,422 cases and 916 deaths worldwide (10.9% fatality), according to the World Health Organization. Within weeks, SARS spread from Hong Kong to infect individuals in 37 countries by early 2003.

302 Military Hospital is considered the leading center for treatment and research of infectious diseases. In 2002, before the SARS outbreak in China, Rotoblock subsidiary Puhua Kangjian Environmental Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. began testing steam-based medical waste treatment in China with the hospital. Historically, infectious medical waste was incinerated by hospitals or thrown out as garbage and mixed with residential waste, allowing the release of dioxins, chemicals and diseases.

"Our subsidiary installed the first steam-based, non-incinerator medical waste treatment system in China," said Rotoblock CEO Andrew Schneider.

When the SARS epidemic broke out, Rotoblock's system went into action at 302 Military Hospital, using extreme heat, pressure and recycled steam in a process that breaks down and sterilizes waste before it enters a landfill. The hospital credited this in overcoming the SARS epidemic and in 2003 the "Technical Guidance on Defending SARS for Hospitals" was published under the National 863 Project. Rotoblock's system was the sole system recommended by the guidebook to treat medical waste and the book was distributed to all infectious diseases specialist hospitals in China.

Rotoblock Corp., along with its subsidiaries, is a leader in medical waste treatment, offering the latest advances in non-incinerator, steam-based systems that used advanced automation and controls. Rotoblock offers a safer alternative for the environment while conserving energy and saving money. Learn more at http://www.rotoblock.com.