As a precautionary measure to combat avian flu, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has asked DuPont to provide supplies of its Virkon S veterinary disinfectant to meet the short-term needs in 69 nations. The objective is to help governments and farmers prevent avian flu from spreading. The 69 countries are mostly located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

At several FAO reference laboratories, Virkon S has shown to be effective against “bird flu” viruses and several other disease agents of international importance.  The Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China confirmed that Virkon S inactivates the H5N1 avian influenza virus when used appropriately. Virkon S works as a preventive measure, enhancing sanitary conditions of livestock areas and helping prevent avian influenza from spreading, say DuPont officials.

“The cornerstone of Emergency Disease Control preparation must be to maintain a heightened state of vigilance against avian influenza,” says Stephen Lister, a European veterinarian and a biosecurity expert who counsels on avian flu outbreaks.  “Control protocols for this highly contagious disease should be based on sound and effective continuous biosecurity measures, using a disinfectant independently proven effective against the H5N1 avian influenza virus.  Effective Emergency Disease Control strategies must be a priority for governments and poultry producers internationally.”

DuPont Animal Health Solutions and its local partners also are providing biosecurity training globally-– informing farm staff, veterinarians and government officials about key preventive biosecurity control measures to minimize avian flu spread. These procedures include vehicle disinfection, farm-border controls and rigorous disinfection measures.