Disinfecting Against The Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Epidemic
posted on May 14, 2012 4:53 PM
In 2010 it was California, now it’s Washington who is declaring an epidemic number of cases of the Whooping Cough. They are estimating as many as 3000 cases by the end of 2012.
The first line of defence is vaccination or booster shots, but what do you do if someone already has the highly contagious disease? After the person goes on antibiotics, the answer is simple, clean and disinfectant everything!
The Whooping Cough is caused by a gram-negative bacterium called Bordetella pertussis. The bacteria lodge into the lungs and begin to colonize. After about 10 days the characteristic “whoop” sound in the cough sets in and there is very little that can be done medically for the patient.
Disinfecting with Benefect Botanical Disinfectant or Benefect Decon 30 is ideal because they don’t have any VOCs that are common with traditional synthetic disinfectants. The last thing you want is use a chemical that irritates the lungs in addition to being sick.
Disinfectants are regulated by the EPA and are tested for inhalation toxicity. If a disinfectant has a toxic affect when inhaled the EPA requires the cautionary statement on the product label such as “Do not inhale vapours” along with the appropriate Signal Words on the front panel such as “Caution” or “Warning”. The EPA does not require any warnings or precautionary statements on Benefect Disinfectants making them ideal products for those with any type of compromised respiratory or immune systems.
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