November 3, 2014
In This Update:
Disinfectants for Use against Ebola and Guidance to Companies
In August 2014, EPA and the Center for Disease Control provided hospitals with guidance on how to select effective disinfectants that work against Ebola. This information is available on the CDC website, the primary source of guidance for hospitals at http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/environmental-infection-control-in-hospitals.html
CDC guidance states: “Use a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered hospital disinfectant with a label claim for a non-enveloped virus (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) to disinfect environmental surfaces in rooms of patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus infection.” EPA continues to refer manufacturers, hospitals and others to the CDC guidance.
To make it even easier to find disinfectants, EPA has posted a list of EPA-registered disinfectants that meet CDC’s criteria for use against the Ebola virus on hard, non-porous surfaces. The list is available here: http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/list-l-ebola-virus.html.
EPA has also posted guidance to pesticide companies on referring to registered disinfectant products that meet the CDC Criteria for use against the Ebola Virus. This guidance can be found here:http://epa.gov/oppad001/ebola-efficacy-claims.html.
For general information on Ebola, please visit the CDC Ebola website