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ANDOVER, Mass. -- The threat of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has escalated the need for proper disinfection and cleaning measures to prevent further spread of the disease, according to Fiberlock Technologies, Inc., a leader in environmental bioscience technology.
While there are no SARS-specific products, the company today announced its ShockWave" sanitizer/disinfectant/cleaner concentrate meets interim guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting SARS patient environments, as outlined in a report recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to the CDC report, only EPA-registered hospital detergent-disinfectants currently used by healthcare facilities for environmental sanitation may be used as cleaning and disinfectant agents. The report maintains that viruses with physical and biochemical properties similar to SARS are known to be readily inactivated by EPA-registered germicides, like ShockWave, that provide the proscribed level of disinfection during general use.
The CDC report suggests that daily cleaning by disinfectants such as Fiberlock's ShockWave should be considered a first line of defense for reducing the microbial burden caused by SARS exposure. ShockWave is a multipurpose, EPA-registered antimicrobial specially formulated for disinfecting hard, non-porous surfaces such as counters, floors, tiles and walls, as well as sanitizing porous and semi-porous materials including carpet, drywall and wood framing. The powerful, quaternary ammonium chloride blend has been tested to kill more than 80 pathogenic and environmental microbial organisms including E. coli, salmonella, HIV, hepatitis B, herpes, influenza, measles and poliovirus, among other strains.
With companies and facilities all around the world looking for methods to protect themselves and prevent further spread of this potentially deadly disease, we want to bring to light that ShockWave meets the strict interim guidelines set forth by the CDC and can be an important tool in maintaining the highest level of hygiene, says Cole Stanton, director of sales with Fiberlock. Surfaces in healthcare facilities, airports, schools and public venues that are exposed or touched frequently may serve as reservoirs of microbial contamination by SARS, and based on the CDC report, ShockWave may help reduce further transmission through its powerful cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing capabilities.
A recent discovery by the Key Science and Technology Group under China s National Task Force for SARS Control and Prevention reveals that the SARS virus can live for up to 15 days outside of the human body (source: China Daily), making such daily cleaning practices critical to routine infection control.
ShockWave is available exclusively through select distributors in one-gallon jugs, yielding 64 gallons of usable product when diluted 2 ounces per gallon of water, as well as convenient, 10-ounce bottles, which ensure a proper amount for 5 gallons of usable product
Source: Fiberlock Technologies