Infection control

Infection Control

Prevention or cure.

Please refer to Infection control under the Hospital sector for specific information on MERS-CoV and Influenza A(H7N9)

Preventing outbreaks has now become easier. ActivSure disinfecting fluids from EcaSafe can be sprayed, wiped, mopped or poured where needed. They are safe for skin contact and are highly effective biocides. They can assist in keeping a vessel hygienic.

ActivSure disinfecting fluids from EcaSafe can be employed post outbreak where their safety, ease of use and the fact that they can be produced on board makes them ideally suited to remediating vessels in quarantine.

Legionella bacteria is commonly found in water. The bacteria multiply where temperatures are between 20-45°C and nutrients are available. The bacteria are dormant below 20°C and do not survive above 60°C.

Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal type of pneumonia, contracted by inhaling airborne water droplets containing viable Legionella bacteria. Such droplets can be created, for example, by: hot and cold water outlets; atomisers; wet air conditioning plant; and whirlpool or hydrotherapy baths.Fortunately incidents involving legionella are relatively rare. Operators recognize their liability to both passengers and crew.

ActivSure disinfecting fluids from EcaSafe can be produced on board from sustainable resources and can replace many dangerous chemicals. Because ActivSure disinfecting fluids carry a residual they are ideally suited to onboard applications. They are also highly effective at removing biofilms.

With cruise ship “outbreaks” regularly appearing in the news, awareness of Norovirus has been raised. Norovirus is an extremely common and highly contagious virus that causes gastroenteritis. However Norovirus is not a “cruise ship” virus, nor does it limit itself to sea-going vessels. But it spreads swiftly wherever there are many people in a small area.

ActivSure disinfecting fluids from EcaSafe are completely effective against Norovirus. They are completely safe for passengers and crew. The fluids can be used during and post outbreak. Because the fluids are so easy to make on board the vessel there is no dependency upon shore based supplies.

UPDATES

25th July 2013 (TIME USA) – Piggybacking off this year’s influenza epidemic, a new strain of the highly contagious norovirus has reached the U.S. from Australia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that the new norovirus strain, called GII.4 Sydney, is currently the leading cause of norovirus outbreaks in the U.S. and accounted for 58% of cases of the infection in December. Often confused with the stomach flu because of its contemporaneous circulation with influenza during winter months, norovirus causes 21 million cases of illness, often involving severe vomiting and diarrhea; 70,000 hospitalizations each year in the U.S.; and 800 deaths. While influenza is a respiratory illness, norovirus, which comes in five forms, favors the stomach and intestinal tract, causing inflammation of tissues that leads to pain, nausea, as well as diarrhea and vomiting. According to the CDC, about 51% of the cases in the U.S. were caused by person-to-person transmission and 20% resulted from contaminated food. Most infections occur in places where large numbers of people are gathered, such as schools, nursing homes and cruise ships, where the virus can pass easily from host to host.

11th July 2013 (CIDRAP) Centre for Infectious Disease and Policy. Getting a handle on the nation’s (USA) norovirus burden is difficult, because reporting isn’t required and there’s not a widely used test for the disease, but experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who analyzed the latest data reported new estimates yesterday—up to 21 million infections each year, as many as 800 fatal.

The new estimates provide some detailed and surprising numbers. For example, the CDC experts predict that the disease strikes five times during a typical American’s lifespan.

Before yesterday’s new numbers, reported in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the most often cited norovirus burden numbers were from a 1999 report that covered a broad array of foodborne illnesses. While the new annual illness estimate is slightly lower than the earlier one, the CDC researchers reported overall upticks in hospitalization and death numbers.

A new variant that emerged in Australia has fueled norovirus outbreaks in the United States over the past several months. The genotype II.4 (GII.4) Sydney variant has led to disease spikes in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, France, and New Zealand, as well.

Earlier this year the CDC said norovirus has passed rotavirus as the leading cause of gastroenteritis in US kids.

For hospitalizations, the group put the annual number at 56,000 to 71,000 compared with the previous estimate of 50,000. The authors projected that the number of deaths from norovirus ranges from 570 to 800 each year, up from the 310 deaths listed in the 1999 report.

ActivSure disinfecting fluids are a simple, safe, economic and effective remedy to Norovirus.

For the latest news on MERS(CoV) and influenza please visit our dedicated page for Hospital Infection Control.

ActivSure disinfecting fluids are completely effective against all strains of influenza. Contact us to learn how.

Preventing outbreaks has now become easier. ActivSure disinfecting fluids can be sprayed, wiped, mopped or poured where needed. They are safe for skin contact and are highly effective biocides. They can assist in keeping a vessel hygienic.

They can similarly be employed post outbreak where the same qualities make them ideally suited to remediating vessels in quarantine.