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Ecolab launches surface disinfectant effective against C. Diff.

July 06, 2010
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ST. PAUL, MN — Ecolab Inc. announced the launch of Virasept™, Ecolab''s first ready-to-use (no mixing required) hard surface disinfectant approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be effective against Clostridium difficile (C. Diff.) spores, according to a press release.
C. Diff. is a highly drug-resistant bacterium that causes diarrhea and severe lower intestinal inflammation, which can be life-threatening, the release noted.
"Environmental services departments continue to face increasingly more virulent and persistent pathogens as they work to keep health care facilities clean," said Paul B. Chaffin, vice president, Ecolab Healthcare North America.
"Developing effective methods to clean rooms contaminated with C. Diff. is particularly challenging due to the persistence of the spore in the environment. Virasept is an effective, non-bleach alternative that can help reduce the environmental transmission of challenging microorganisms like C. Diff.," Chaffin added.
Virasept works within 10 minutes of application against Clostridium difficile spores and in four minutes or less for a broad spectrum of other pathogens, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), Escherichia coli (E. coli), Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis B, Influenza A (H1N1), and Norovirus, the article stated.
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