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Accelerated hydrogen peroxide cleaning agent helps combat norovirus outbreaks

JohnsonDiversey : 13 November, 2007  (New Product)
Oxivir from JohnsonDiversey has been proven to be highly effective against norovirus and other infections including MRSA, E Coli, SARS, Hepatitis C.
Oxivir’s patented Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide constituent provides powerful disinfection against viruses, bacteria and fungi without compromising on cleaning performance.

The broad-spectrum detergent-disinfectant is suitable for a broader range of uses compared with products using quaternary ammonium compounds as the active material. Oxivir is safe to use on most washable surfaces, including fabrics.

Norovirus is typically passed on by hand contact and in water droplets caused by vomiting and sneezing. It can be prevented or controlled by reducing the opportunities for infection transmission. Early recognition and response to an outbreak will limit the severity and extent of the illness. Treating all body spillages as contaminated and targeting ‘hot spots’ by cleaning with Oxivir on a daily basis helps to reduce and contain outbreak frequency and longevity. Basic Infection control practices, such as good hand hygiene and simple best-practice cleaning procedures using Oxivir, can stop norovirus in its tracks.

Government figures indicate 79 per cent of all outbreaks reported between 1992 and 2004 occurred in healthcare settings, such as hospitals or residential care homes, with hotels (seven percent) and schools (five percent) the next most frequent locations.
Outbreaks were shorter when control measures were implemented quickly, for example by closing wards or bedrooms to new admissions within four days of an outbreak. Estimates suggest that dealing with an outbreak can cost up to £6300 when taking into account lost revenues, empty beds and additional cleaning costs.
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