:DuPont Offers to Assist in Controlling Spread of `Bird Flu' in Delaware and Surrounding Region
WILMINGTON, Del. -- To assist Delaware's agriculture industry and federal and state governments in their efforts against avian flu, DuPont today offered to accelerate efforts to supply a range of disinfectants including DuPont Virkon S to help prevent the
"bird flu" from spreading. Also, DuPont has offered to provide biosecurity
control expertise, including appropriate measures for vehicle disinfection,
farm border controls, and targeted disinfection applications.
"We have offered to federal and state agriculture government officials and
industry representatives our unique science expertise, capabilities and
willingness to step up efforts during this time of need in our home state,"
said Nick Fanandakis, vice president and general manager of DuPont Chemical
Solutions Enterprise. "We are prepared to both expedite shipment of
disinfectant products and provide the `know-how' of appropriate biosecurity
control measures. As part of Delaware for more 200 years, DuPont recognizes
the importance of the agricultural industry to our community and surrounding
region. We are ready to assist through unique science and technical
As a readiness measure, industry and government agencies have participated
with DuPont in the past in a broad range of emergency disease control steps.
In 2002, Virkon S disinfectant was used as a preventive measure across the
Delmarva Peninsula following an avian influenza outbreak which infected
millions of birds in western Virginia.
"Our prior emergency disease control preparedness has been extremely
helpful in this response," said Delmarva Poultry Industry Executive Director
Bill Satterfield. "More preparedness is less reactiveness. Virkon S
disinfectant is at the top of our list. It is nice to know we have support
Globally regarded as among the most effective antiviral disinfectant
agents available, Virkon S disinfectant, produced by DuPont's Antec
International, works as a preventive measure, enhancing sanitary conditions of
livestock areas and helping to prevent avian influenza from spreading. During
last year's avian influenza outbreak in the Netherlands, Virkon S was the
disinfectant of choice purchased by the Dutch government to help prevent the
"bird flu" from spreading. Virkon S was also used during the 1999 outbreak
Last month, DuPont accelerated efforts and increased supplies of Virkon
S disinfectant and biosecurity expertise into the Asia Pacific region
following the current avian flu outbreak. Tens of millions of poultry across
Asia were infected, prompting the mass slaughter of chickens to contain the
Biosecurity control measures and technical support provided by DuPont
would include key preventive measures to minimize the future spread of avian
influenza. Biosecurity procedures on farms include appropriate vehicle
disinfection, farm border controls, and rigorous disinfection measures.