Scientists have developed a ‘flu trap’ that can capture the virus – and prevent the spread of infection.

The so-called trap is a fabric coating for masks and air filters, which isolates the viral particles responsible for influenza.

The technology was developed by scientists at University of Manchester, and is set to be brought to market by biotec company Virustatic.

The device mimics the carbohydrate structures on the surfaces of cells that line the esophagus – also known as the food pipe- and the respiratory airways.

Paul Hope, director of Virustatic, said: ‘It’s a whole new preventative approach to disease and if implemented could be transformative.

‘We’re now at the stage where we’re looking for strategic partners to take this technology forwards in terms of developing new products.’

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