Use of Antimicrobial chemicals in air filters - is it safe?

Many residential and commercial HVAC systems and standalone air purifiers use filters that contain a form of antibacterial/antimicrobial chemical treatment (eg. Bionaire/Holmes models use the Microban/triclosan treatments). Is the usage of such chemicals on the filter surfaces truly safe for the inhabitants' long-term health? Is there any risk of evaporation/transmission of any of the antimicrobial chemicals into the outflowing air, and thus risk of potential health risk due to the inhalation of these substances? Or do these chemicals dissipate so quickly that there is ~zero net chemical or evaporative outflow after a few days' worth of usage?
Thanks,
Michael
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snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.ca wrote:

if its like anything else man has created, we'll 'discover' the long term effects only after 20-30 years and people are dropping like flies. think asbestos. now think 20-30 years of holding a cell phone next to the side of your head. yep, thats gotta be good for us too. how about all those construction materials, outgassing radon & formaldehyde for years to come. Isnt new baby cute, crawling around on a brand new rug, slowly being poisoned by outgassing radon & formaldehyde?
http://www.epa.gov/iaq/formalde.html
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snipped-for-privacy@gonefishin.net wrote

Think ozone being generated by the electronic air cleaner...
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