VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Because so many students are absent due to illnesses including the H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) virus, St. Matthew''s School will remain closed until Monday, according to WVEC-TV.
Yesterday, a crew from MicroClean Health Solutions sprayed Contec Inc.''s Sporicidin brand disinfectant — the gas form of a liquid disinfectant used in many hospitals — throughout the school, the story stated.
MicroClean Health owner Nathan Enlow, who claims the gas is completely non-toxic and will kill germs for up to six months, said: "It has a 100 percent [kill] rate of just about anything. Obviously, everyone''s aware of the swine flu, and our service helps combat that."
According to the story, school officials hope the disinfectant will kill the germs that have kept nearly 100 students out of school this week.
In addition to the efforts employed by contractors, custodians have been working almost non-stop this week wiping down door knobs, desks and chairs in hope of eradicating any lingering viruses and bacteria on surfaces, the story noted.
As concerns about the flu and other sicknesses have spread, Enlow says he has seen a 50 percent increase in business, the story added.
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