Processing Magazine

United Nations asks for DuPont''s help in controlling spread of Avian flu

May 23, 2006

PRNewswire reports that, as a precautionary measure to combat avian flu, the United Nations'' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has asked DuPont to provide initial supplies of its DuPont VirkonĀ® S veterinary disinfectant to meet the short-term needs in 69 nations, where it is needed most to help governments and farmers prevent avian flu from spreading. The 69 countries are primarily located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. At several FAO reference laboratories, Virkon S has demonstrated to be effective against "bird flu" viruses and several other disease agents of international importance. Independent tests conducted by the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China confirmed that Virkon S inactivates the H5N1 avian influenza virus when used appropriately. During the last major European outbreak in 2003 in the Netherlands, Virkon S was the disinfectant of choice used by various governments to help prevent the "bird flu" from spreading. Virkon S is now a part of many countries'' defense strategies against avian flu.