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Milton School District uses new technology to stop flu spread

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MILTON (WKOW) -- With the number of flu cases exploding across the U.S., a local school district is utilizing new technology to protect students.

The Milton School District is using cordless electrostatic sprayers from OfficePro/Elkhorn Chemical in Janesville to coat much of their building in disinfectant. The district bought them earlier in the school year, before demand for them was high.

The sprayers place a positive charge on a disinfectant solution, which is then sprayed at negatively charged surfaces.

"On the surfaces we're spraying that disinfectant onto, it not only hits the surfaces, but it also wraps around, giving better coverage to the areas that we're treating," said Stephen Schantz, district director of buildings and grounds.

The sprayers distribute a quick-drying disinfectant that kills all flu strains.

Any hard surface can be treated, including light switches, door handles, desks, locker handles, drinking fountains, wrestling mats, gym equipment and railings.

The sprayers cost $525 for the handheld and $1,300 for the backpack, Schantz said.

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