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Decontamination of Category A Viruses on Porous Surfaces and Sensitive Equipment

Description:

There are decontamination products for Ebola and other Category A viruses that are registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). They can kill viruses and other Category A pathogens including Ebola. They are approved, however, for use on hard, non-porous surfaces, while not approved (with unknown levels of effectiveness) for use on porous surfaces. They are also typically corrosive, which makes them not suitable for use on many likely materials and on sensitive equipment. The destructiveness, and inability to effectively decontaminate porous materials and sensitive equipment results in large volumes of waste being generated, which may be contaminated.

FIFRA: All pesticides distributed or sold in the United States must be registered (licensed) by EPA. Additional information on FIFRA can be found in Section VIII. Scientific and Technical Information Sources.

Topic Code 4A. Decontamination of Category A Viruses on Porous Surfaces and Sensitive Equipment. Develop a virus inactivation product that is capable of a 4-log inactivation of Category A viruses on a range of porous materials (e.g., upholstery, bedding, fabric, carpet, unpainted wood) and is non-corrosive to a range of potentially reusable household materials.

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