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DuPont Virkon S Effective for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV)

03 June 2014


US - DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts has announced that leading farm biosecurity company Neogen can now offer swine producers a proven disinfectant for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV) – DuPont Virkon® S disinfectant.

Having been independently tested for “Virucidal Efficacy of a Disinfectant for Use on Inanimate Environmental Surfaces against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV)” the Virkon® S testing protocol was performed under strict test criteria established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Virkon S is proven to be effective against PEDV at a dilution rate of 1:600, in the presence of high organic content (five per cent) and at low temperatures (down to 5°C) reflecting it is proven performance and suitability for real world ‘on farm’ conditions.

“During the recent PEDV outbreaks, Neogen has been offering swine producers timely advice on the clinical symptoms and treatment of PEDV and advising on enhanced biosecurity protocols across the whole range of possible infection vectors, including transport vehicles, housing facilities and personnel," said Dr Gabriel F. Pardo, regional business & market manager, DuPont Americas.

“We are delighted to now be able to confirm that Virkon S is effective against PEDV, making it the disinfectant of choice for swine housing, surfaces, equipment and footwear. It is especially effective in combating the spread of disease via transport vehicles.”

PEDV remains a serious threat to swine producers, resulting in high levels of mortality and morbidity across North American swine herds. With no vaccine approved in the US, veterinarians are recommending enhanced biosecurity measures and advising swine producers to urgently review and tighten their biosecurity protocols.

Regarded as one of the most potent virucidal disinfectant agents, extensive investment to assess the safety of Virkon S shows that operators have no need for excessive personal protection during biosecurity procedures.

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