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Ebola Resources and Information

 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are the U.S. authority for protocols involving surface disinfection. They have issued Guidelines on many aspects of Ebola prevention and containment.

General information from the CDC
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Questions and Answers on Ebola

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Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals

 

What Surface Disinfectants Are Effective Against Ebola?

The EPA has issued a list of disinfectants to be used against ebola virus. Click here to go to this webpage. Note that this list is not inclusive of all disinfectants that are effective against ebola.

Before the EPA published the list of disinfectants to be used against ebola virus, the criteria was:

“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.”

From the CDC Guideline Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus (click on title to go to CDC web page.

The EPA requires registration of all disinfectants and maintains lists of disinfectants effective against particular pathogens. List G is the EPA’s list of disinfectants effective against norovirus. Click here to go List G on the EPA website. There is no EPA list of registered disinfectants effective against rotavirus, adenovirus or poliovirus.

RSC carries several products on the EPA ebola virus list and/or have EPA-registered claims for norovirus or rotavirus. See the list at right for these products. Please contact us if you need the Technical Bulletin detailing the pathogens tested and their methods, for any of these products.

Notes on Norovirus:

  • Because norovirus is not stable during testing, there is no test to determine disinfection efficacy against it. Therefore, a very closely related virus to norovirus that is stable is used instead. One of these stable, closely related viruses is feline calicivirus. If a disinfectant is tested effective against feline calicivirus, it is considered by the EPA to be effective against norovirus.
  • Norovirus was originally called Norwalk virus.

 

What PPE Should Be Used, and How?

See the CDC's Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing)

updated 11/6/14

 

 

 

 

 

RSC Products For Ebola Prevention

Click here to download our Ebola Prevention Products Brochure

Click on the product names to go to the product web page.

Surface Disinfectants 
The following are listed in order of contact time (also called dwell time or kill time). The liquid on the surface must remain wet the entire length of the contact time. If evaporation occurs, rewetting must be done until the contact time is met in order to achieve disinfection. See product labels for more information. For this reason, products with a very short contact time could be considered more effective because only one application of the product is needed to thoroughly disinfect.

Citrus II Germicidal Cleaner/Disinfectant Liquid- 30 second contact time against Norovirus (Feline calicivirus as surrogate)

SaniZide Plus Liquid- 30 second contact time against Norovirus (Feline calicivirus as surrogate)

Accel TB Liquid and Accel TB Wipes - 1 minute contact time against Norovirus (Feline calicivirus as surrogate)

Click here to view a video from NBC News of an interview with a Boston doctor traveling to Sierra Leone to fight ebola, which shows her packing Accel TB Wipes (opens new page).

CaviCide1 Liquid- 1 minute contact time against Norovirus (Feline calicivirus as surrogate)
note: CaviWipes1, CaviCide original, and CaviWipes original do not have a Norovirus claim.

Sani-Cloth Bleach Wipes- 1 minute contact time against Norovirus (Feline calicivirus as surrogate)

Super Sani-Cloth Wipes - 2 minute contact time against Rotavirus

Sani-Cloth AF3 Wipes - 3 minute contact time against Rotavirus

Accel Concentrate - 5 minute contact time against Norovirus (Feline calicivirus as surrogate)

 

PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)
Disposable, single use items that meet CDC guidelines

Full Body Protection

High Risk Protection Kit

Personal Pandemic Kit

Econo PPE Kit

Hand Protection

Hospital Grade Latex Exam Gloves

Hospital Grade Nitrile Latex-Free Exam Gloves

Face and Eye Protection

Kimberly-Clark N95 Particulate Respirators and Surgical Masks

Cone-Style N95 Healthcare Respirator

One Size N95 Respirator

3M N95 Respirators

Splash Shield Face Shields

Splash Shield Lite Face Shields

Body Protection

Kimberly-Clark KC300 Fluid-Resistant Gowns

ChemoBloc Poly-Coated Fluid-Resistant Gown

Laminated Polypropylene Fluid-Resistant Coveralls

SMS Fluid-Resistant Coveralls

Tyvek and KeyGuard Fluid-Resistant Coveralls

Foot Protection

Heavy Duty Fluid-Resistant Shoe Covers

Boot Covers

Wall Mount PPE Dispensers

Opaque Double Glove Box Protection Organizer

Triple Glove Box Protection Organizer

Triple Glove Box Protection Organizer with Clear Bulk Bins

Infection Prevention Mini-Organizer

Miscellaneous Products

VioNexus Liquid Spray Hand Sanitizer

Avant Original Hand Sanitizer

VioNex Antimicrobial Hand Soap with Moisturizers

SaniWash Antimicrobial Hand Soap with Moisturizers

Red Biohazardous Waste Bags

Autoclavable Biohazardous Waste Bags