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Erratum published on 4 August 2016, see Viruses 2016, 8(8), 217.

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Viruses 2016, 8(7), 185;

Effectiveness of Four Disinfectants against Ebola Virus on Different Materials

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Received: 25 April 2016 / Revised: 20 June 2016 / Accepted: 24 June 2016 / Published: 7 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Collection Advances in Ebolavirus, Marburgvirus, and Cuevavirus Research)
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The West Africa Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak has highlighted the need for effective disinfectants capable of reducing viral load in a range of sample types, equipment and settings. Although chlorine-based products are widely used, they can also be damaging to equipment or apparatus that needs continuous use such as aircraft use for transportation of infected people. Two aircraft cleaning solutions were assessed alongside two common laboratory disinfectants in a contact kill assay with EBOV on two aircraft relevant materials representative of a porous and non-porous surface. A decimal log reduction of viral titre of 4 is required for a disinfectant to be deemed effective and two of the disinfectants fulfilled this criteria under the conditions tested. One product, Ardrox 6092, was found to perform similarly to sodium hypochlorite, but as it does not have the corrosive properties of sodium hypochlorite, it could be an alternative disinfectant solution to be used for decontamination of EBOV on sensitive apparatus. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ebola virus; disinfection; decontamination; inactivation; sodium hypochlorite; safety Ebola virus; disinfection; decontamination; inactivation; sodium hypochlorite; safety

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Smither, S.; Phelps, A.; Eastaugh, L.; Ngugi, S.; O’Brien, L.; Dutch, A.; Lever, M.S. Effectiveness of Four Disinfectants against Ebola Virus on Different Materials. Viruses 2016, 8, 185.

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