With rising concerns around the spread of the Ebola virus disease across the globe, we are writing to provide you with important information so both you and your customers can better protect employees, customers, families, facilities, and communities. Ebola, a non-enveloped virus, is a severe and often fatal disease to humans. Ebola virus is transmitted through direct contact with the blood and/or bodily fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects that have been contaminated with infected blood or bodily fluids.
Sunburst Chemicals Inc, a leading manufacturer and provider of cleaning solutions for the health of your business, is committed to providing our customers and their communities with cleaning and disinfectant solutions to protect their health.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the recommendations below about the disinfection protocols in Healthcare facilities, which are also applicable to areas beyond healthcare facilities as well.
“Use a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered hospital disinfectant with a label claim for a non-enveloped virus (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) to disinfect environmental surfaces in rooms of patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus infection. 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. As a precaution, selection of a disinfectant product with a higher potency than 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 are broadly antiviral and capable of inactivating both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses.” – Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Currently, there are no disinfectants on the market in the US with a claim that they kill or control Ebola. Ebola virus is not available for EPA testing to add a claim to a disinfectant product label, the CDC recommends using an EPA registered disinfectant with non-enveloped virus claims to ensure it would be effective against Ebola. Sunburst Chemicals designs and manufactures a wide range of disinfectant products that are effective against a broad range of microorganisms, two products being acceptable under the CDC guidelines.
Our primary product recommendations that meet the CDC recommendations for Ebola are:
SUNBURST NO-BAC (Liquid) Detergent/ Disinfectant/Sanitizer — An effective multi-purpose germicidal detergent/ disinfectant/deodorant when used at 1 oz. per gallon of water. Disinfects, cleans, and deodorizes in one easy step. Also an effective food contact surface sanitizer when used at 1 oz. per 3.5 gallons of water. Recommended for use in hospitals, nursing homes, medical offices, schools, hotels, motels, institutional and industrial kitchens, restaurants, food handling and food processing areas. Effective at killing viral and bacterial organisms.
QUICK SAN 10 (Liquid) Disinfectant & Sanitizer — A 10% quaternary disinfectant designed to be used through dilution hose disinfection applications. Fast killing antibacterial action and long lasting residual bacterial action. Quick San 10 keeps killing long after chlorine and iodine have lost their effectiveness. Requires no rinsing. Recommended for hospital and healthcare facilities. Effective at killing viral and bacterial organisms.
One of the simplest and most effective measures that can be incorporated to prevent the spread of diseases is proper, thorough hand washing with a good hand soap. Sunburst offers Sundrops 67 that is an FDA approved antibacterial hand soap. Fortified with PCMX (para-chloro-meta-xylenol) active antibacterial agent, Sundrops 67 is an effective hand soap to prevent transmitting communicable diseases.
SUNDROPS 67 Antibacterial Hand Soap — Can be used wherever frequent hand washing is critical. This liquid synthetic-based hand cleaner combine’s mild, but effective cleansing with outstanding dual-action antibacterial properties.
The recommendation of the CDC for hand washing as a method of prevention of transmission follows;
“Healthcare Personnel should perform hand hygiene frequently, including before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves. Healthcare facilities should ensure that supplies for performing hand hygiene are available. Hand hygiene in healthcare settings can be performed by washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rubs. If hands are visibly soiled, use soap and water, not alcohol-based hand rubs.” – Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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