LYSOL is assisting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to educate consumers on healthy habits to help prevent the spread of germs. With the recently diagnosed Ebola Hemorrhage Fever (Ebola HF) case in the US, LYSOL wants to provide valuable information to assist the public in understanding the virus, the symptoms which occur with it, and the preventative actions to take per CDC direction.
Ebola HF is not transmitted through AIR, WATER, FOOD or CASUAL CONTACT. The virus does not spread easily from person to person, and is spread only through direct contact with an individual with symptoms. It is not spread through casual contact, it is not easily transmitted like the flu virus. According to the CDC you can only become infected with Ebola from:
- Touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.
- Touching contaminated objects from infected persons, like needles.
- Touching infected animals, their blood or other body fluids or their meat
At this time, there is not an FDA approved vaccine for Ebola HF; therefore, the CDC has recommended the following preventative actions to minimize the risk of contracting the virus.
- Practice careful hygiene routines with regular hand washing using soap and water.
- Avoid contact with blood and body fluids.
- Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids.
- After you return from travel in affected regions, monitor your health for 21 days.
- Hospitals are recommended to 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.
Please seek medical care immediately if you develop the following symptoms:
- Fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F)
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal (stomach) pain
- Unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising)
- Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days.
Based on the above, the following LYSOL® EPA approved surface disinfectants are likely to be effective against the Ebola HF virus:
- Professional LYSOL Brand III Disinfectant Spray
- Professional LYSOL Brand Disinfectant Foam Cleaner
- Professional LYSOL Disinfectant Basin, Tub & Tile
- Professional Brand Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- LYSOL Brand IC Disinfectant Spray
- LYSOL Brand IC Foaming Disinfectant Cleaner
- LYSOL Brand IC Quaternary Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate
- Professional LYSOL Brand Disinfectant Heavy Duty Bathroom Cleaner Concentrate
- Professional LYSOL Brand Antibacterial All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate
- Professional LYSOL Brand No Rinse Sanitizer Concentrate
- LYSOL All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach
For more information on Ebola, please visit the CDC’s Ebola home page: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html. Please visit www.LYSOL.com or www.reckittprofessional.com to obtain additional information on the LYSOL® EPA approved products.