Surface disinfection by exposure to germicidal UV light

Indian J Med Microbiol. 2008 Jul-Sep;26(3):241-2. doi: 10.4103/0255-0857.42034.


The present study was aimed to design a simple model to check efficacy of germicidal UV tube, to standardise the position, distance and time for UV light and also to find out its efficacy against medically important bacteria, the bacterial spores and fungi. The microbial cultures tested included gram positive and gram negative bacteria, bacterial spores and fungal spores. The microbes streaked on solid media were exposed to UV light. The inactivation of the order of four logs was observed for bacteria. UV light can have efficient inactivation of bacteria up to a distance of eight feet on either side and exposure time of 30 minutes is adequate.

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / radiation effects
  • Colony Count, Microbial
  • Disinfection / methods*
  • Fungi / radiation effects
  • Microbial Viability
  • Spores, Bacterial / radiation effects
  • Spores, Fungal / radiation effects
  • Time Factors
  • Ultraviolet Rays*