Ebola Disinfectant Facts
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends in the Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola,
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. (CDC, 2014)
Provided by Betco, the following products have EPA registered claims against one or more non-enveloped viruses (norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, and poliovirus), and meet the requirements of the CDC Guidelines for Ebola:
- 3111 - BetONE™ Disinfectant Wipes
- 311 - Fight Bac® RTU
Provided by ProRestore, the following products have EPA registered claims against one or more non-enveloped viruses (norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, and poliovirus), and meet the requirements of the CDC Guidelines for Ebola:
- Microban Germicidal Cleaner Concentrate (GCC) is known to be effective against harder-to-kill non-enveloped viruses, such as norovirus, rotavirus, and adenovirus. GCC is a hospital grade, disinfectant, detergent concentrate available in lemon and mint fragrances.
- BotaniClean is a one-step cleaner and hospital-grade disinfectant that kills rotavirus.
It is always a good practice to use a general-purpose cleaner to remove the majority of the body fluid spills. In some cases, sadly, the patient experiences extreme vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding so large amounts of fluids have to be removed.
DegreaseAll is extremely effective at blood removal. Once the surface is visibly clean, then disinfection with Microban GCC is the final step.
Beyond disinfectant use, should an Ebola decontamination become necessary, get expert help and absolutely use extreme precautions and full PPE. The scope of these precautions is beyond the intent of this information.