BLIS Technologies Press Release:
Dunedin company BLIS Technologies Ltd have partnered with the
Eastern Bay of Plenty Primary Health Alliance, Kawerau Rheumatic
Fever Prevention Program. The company has donated 200 bottles of
its BLIS K12 Throat Guard Daily probiotics to aid children and
families in the region to assist in the battle against the third
BLIS Technologies produce the advanced probiotic lozenge BLIS
K12, which helps support the body's natural defence against throat
and ear infections and is effective in the prevention of
Streptococcal throat infections which can lead to rheumatic
Kawerau has a high instance of rheumatic fever. The rheumatic
fever prevention team monitor 1580 children each week, taking
around 1300 swabs every school term. On average 13 % of the throat
swabs taken return a Group A Streptococcus positive result.
Rheumatic fever can occur after a strep throat infection caused
by a Group A Streptococcus (GAS) bacteria. Most strep throat
infections get better and don't lead to rheumatic fever. However,
in a small number of people an untreated strep throat develops into
rheumatic fever, where their heart, joints, brain and skin can
sometimes be damaged.
Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance rheumatic fever prevention
nurse Sandra Ball said, "Our team are excited about the donation.
It provides us with another tool in the fight against this disease.
We have families who are experiencing recurrent infections and
anything we can do to support their well-being is beneficial".
Awareness of the potential of BLIS probiotics came about when
members of the Eastern Bay Rheumatic Fever sector attended a
lecture by BLIS Technologies founding Scientist, Professor John
Tagg, earlier this year. They were enthusiastic about his research
and the BLIS K12 and BLIS M18 probiotics. Professor Tagg, who as a
child suffered from rheumatic fever, has dedicated much of his life
to exploring ways to fight the disease. A microbiologist at the
University of Otago, Tagg first discovered the strain of probiotic
bacteria nearly 20 years ago.
BLIS Technologies spokesperson Mukesh Kumar said "We feel we can
make a huge contribution to the wellbeing of kids in this
community. It's rewarding to support a project that promotes health
for those vulnerable people who need it the most. BLIS Technologies
has been retailing BLIS probiotic products in pharmacies in New
Zealand for the past 10 years, and with growing loyalty from the
general public in New Zealand and overseas, it is our time to give
back to the people who need it the most".
In addition to supporting the Rheumatic Fever Program in Kawerau
BLIS Technologies donate BLIS K12 product to The Salvation Army to
support families in Otago and Southland. BLIS Technologies donate a
number of lozenges based on sales from their online business www.blis.co.nz
which is going through a growth period allowing the company to
expand its support to the community. BLIS Technologies were the
Frost and Sullivan Global Probiotics Entrepreneurial Company of the
Year in 2010.