Home Hygiene & Health
The Leading Source of Scientific, Professional & Consumer Information

The antiviral action of common household disinfectants and antiseptics against murine hepatitis virus, a potential surrogate for SARS coronavirus

The 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) infected over 8000 people and killed 774. Transmission of SARS occurred through direct and indirect contact and large droplet nuclei. The World Health Organization recommended the use of household disinfectants, which have not been previously tested against SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV), to disinfect potentially contaminated environmental surfaces. There is a need for a surrogate test system given the limited availability of the SARS-CoV for testing and biosafety requirements necessary to safely handle it. In this study, the antiviral activity of standard household products was assayed against murine hepatitis virus (MHV), as a potential surrogate for SARS-CoV. Am J Infect Control. 2009;37(8):649-52. Epub 2009 Aug 18.

Author: Dellanno C, Vega Q, Boesenberg D

Published: 18/08/2009

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: American Journal of Infection Control.