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Diversey responds to norovirus outbreak

April 18, 2013

STURTEVANT, WI — Diversey Inc. has launched a toolkit of products, educational materials and expertise to combat the spread of norovirus, according to a press release.

Diversey is leveraging its market leadership and expertise to actively educate its customers and distributors on the best practices and most effective products to help reduce the risk of norovirus on employees, customers and facility operations, the release stated.

“We are working closely with our customers to ensure they are as prepared as possible to react to any outbreak,” said North American Vice President, Richard McEvoy.

"Enteric illnesses, including norovirus, will continue to be a public health challenge in the future. Our best defense is to be prepared as we encounter seasonal norovirus outbreaks. I think that institutions with high risk of norovirus transmission, such as cruise ships and long-term healthcare facilities, should be proactive by having an enteric illness plan in place. This plan should be activated as soon as the first case of norovirus is identified,” said leading epidemiologist Salah Qutaishat, PhD, CIC, FSHEA.

According to the release, public health agencies have recommended some key actions to help reduce the risk of norovirus transmission, including: Frequent handwashing, carefully washing fruits and vegetables before preparing and eating them and improved cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Health Canada (DIN)-registered disinfectant cleaners.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.