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As of Monday afternoon, more than 1,600 people in 17 states across Mexico were believed to have been sickened by the virus. The number of deaths has now approached 150, and swine flu cases have been confirmed in the United States, Spain, and Canada.
Public health experts report that proper hand hygiene is critical to preventing the spread of the disease. However, since hand washing compliance tends to be spotty at best - and touching surfaces may actually help spread the virus - the Kaivac notification adds that effective cleaning through the removal of pathogens on surfaces by using high-flow-fluid-extraction and flat-surface cleaning systems is essential in preventing cross contamination and the spread of the virus.
The announcement also suggests that Kaivac users switch to KaiBosh and KaiSan II, both of which are EPA-registered, no-rinse, hospital-use disinfectant cleaners. These disinfectants are highly concentrated and are effective against influenza A and swine flu.
According to John Richter, Kaivac Technical Director, “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers all strains of influenza A virus to have the same susceptibility to inactivation by quat-based disinfectants,” he says. In other words, “If a product can kill one strain, it can kill all.”
EPA-registered, quat-based disinfectants have been independently tested and proved to be effective against a broad range of viruses.
Richter adds that while the labels on KaiBosh and KaiSan II may not list swine flu as an infectious agent, “[they] will effectively inactivate all influenza A viruses such as swine flu regardless of the specific subtype.”
Along with the notice, Kaivac will provide more information about public health, disease protection, and swine flu-related issues in their monthly newsletter, Kai-leidiscope.