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January, 26 2022

Eliminate Spore Risk

The Cause of Dangerous Spores

Natural disasters are some of the most disruptive and deadly events that occur throughout the world.  Some can be prepared for, while others occur without a moment’s notice.  Therefore, it is essential that rescue personnel are equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can help protect the long-term health of the victims associated with the natural disaster, and themselves.  One thing that is often overlooked, post-natural disaster, is the increase in fungal spore infections in an affected area.  Kaitlin Benedict, author of Invasive Fungal Infections after Natural disasters, claims that “fungal infections in disaster-affected persons has been increasingly recognized” and “fungal respiratory conditions associated with disasters include coccidioidomycosis” among other severe ailments and illnesses (Benedict 2014).  This means that the elimination of fungi in a disaster area is necessary to not only complete the recovery process of an affected area but also ensure the protection of any and all rescuers and victims associated with the disaster.

SteraMist Study Against Spores

TOMI SteraMist is equipped to handle emergency disinfection in response to a natural disaster and can counteract the dangers of spores and other fungal activities that are typically found in post-disaster areas.  In fact, in the article Mechanisms of Sporicidal Activity Induced by Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide in Spores of Bacillus atrophaeus, published by ABSA International, scientists demonstrated the effectiveness of SteraMist against Bacillus atrophaeus spores and found that “damage to the long DNA segment is highly significant for the contact times at 1[hour], 2[hours], 6[hours] and 12[hours] when comparing with the control samples” (Grimaldo 2021).  The experiment was conducted using SteraMist’s Environment System, a full-room fogger, in a 900 cubed feet area, and clearly demonstrates the overall effectiveness and range of SteraMist technology.  Furthermore, this experiment displays that in mere hours, SteraMist was able to damage the spore core DNA, disrupting growth and providing disinfection.

Although natural disasters can never fully be prevented, and it will always take time to rebuild an affected area, SteraMist technology offers an opportunity to enhance disaster recovery efforts while also promoting health and hazard relief.  In a world that moves quickly and constantly changes, preparedness is often the difference between an ideal outcome and a less desirable one.  SteraMist is prepared to take on the world’s challenges, the only question is if you will be the one wielding it.


Benedict, Kaitlin, and Benjamin J Park. “Invasive Fungal Infections after Natural Disasters.” Emerging infectious diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2014.

Grimaldo, Miguel. “Mechanisms of Sporicidal Activity Induced by Ionized Hydrogen Peroxide in the Spores of Bacillus Atrophaeus.” Liebert Pub. ABSA International, September 13, 2021.

ABSA Paper Spore