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Sporicidin® Listed by the EPA As Avian (Bird) Flu Disinfectant

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a list of Registered Antimicrobial Products with Label Claims for Avian (Bird) Flu Disinfectants. Sporicidin Disinfectant Solution is on the list of EPA registered Avian Flu disinfectants. The disinfectant solution can be used to effectively disinfect hard surfaces of various bacteria and viruses including the bird flu virus.

These EPA disinfectant products are registered and labeled with a claim to inactivate “avian influenza A” viruses on hard, non-porous surfaces. The label specifies the use sites (e.g., poultry houses and farm premises) for application of the product. Although there are no antimicrobial products registered specifically against the H5N1 subtype of avian influenza A* viruses, EPA believes based on available scientific information that the currently registered avian influenza A products, when applied in strict accordance with the label directions, will be effective against the H5N1 strain. Users should look for an EPA registration number on the label (Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution has EPA Reg. No. 8383-3).

The EPA provides the following general information about disinfecting of avian flu. "Avian influenza, which is sometimes called bird flu, is an infection that occurs naturally and chiefly in birds. It is caused by influenza (flu) viruses. Infections with these viruses can occur in humans but the risk from avian influenza is generally low to most people, because the viruses do not usually infect humans. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been approximately 275 confirmed human cases reported in Asia and Europe since 1997. The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains a cumulative list of these cases."

* Influenza A Viruses - Influenza A viruses can infect humans, birds, and other animals. Influenza A viruses are classified by subtype on the basis of the two main surface glycoproteins (proteins), hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N). Some subtypes of influenza A are H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2 viruses. Avian influenza A viruses are commonly referred to as “low pathogenic” or “highly pathogenic.” Pathogenic means disease-causing. The H5N1 strain that is the cause of avian outbreaks in Asia and portions of Europe is considered to be a highly pathogenic form of this virus.

In a limited number of cases, the H5N1 strain of the virus has been shown to cause infections or flu in humans. These recent infections have raised concerns among health officials in the United States and globally. Most cases have been linked to close contact with infected poultry.

Current information on the H5N1 strain of the virus, which has been reported in Asia and Europe, as well as detailed questions and answers about avian flu, are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Web site. Visit the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/facts.htm

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