Ebola Virus: Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals

September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides recommended best practices for healthcare and disease prevention and control. On August 1, 2014, the CDC released guidance titled "Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals."

The CDC's interim guidance states that "Although there are no products with specific label claims against the Ebola virus, enveloped viruses such as Ebola are susceptible to a broad range of hospital disinfectants used to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces. In contrast, non-enveloped viruses are more resistant to disinfectants." The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for reviewing and approving surface disinfectants for use in healthcare settings.

The CDC also notes that "As a precaution, selection of a disinfectant product with a higher potency that what is normally required for an enveloped virus is being recommended at this time. EPA-registered hospital disinfectants with label claims against non-enveloped viruses (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) are broadly antiviral and capable of inactivating both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses."

To combat the potential spread of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. hospitals, the CDC recommends: requiring the proper wear of personal protective equipment, using and EPA-registered hospital disinfectant with a label claim for non-enveloped virus (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces, avoid contamination of reusable porous surfaces that cannot be made single use, and reduce exposure among staff to potentially contaminated textiles (CDC).

Contec, Inc.'s Peridox® Sporicidal Disinfectant and Cleaner- an EPA registered sporicide, bactericide, virucide, tuberculocide, and fungicide- provides hospitals with a cleaning and disinfecting solution responsive to the CDC guidance. As with all such guidance, hospitals should review their established practices and procedures to ensure compliance and efficacy for infection control and cleaning. To learn more about Contec's full range of products for healthcare providers, please click here.

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