Disinfectant & Virucide
The first choice poultry production veterinary
disinfectant for routine day to day disinfection
and Emergency Disease Control ...
EFFECTIVE AGAINST PEDV,
PRRS, PCV2 AND FMD
at an economical dilution rate
The first choice swine production veterinary
disinfectant for routine day-to-day disinfection
and Emergency Disease Control ...
For Routine daily disinfection and Emergency Disease Control for Animal Health…
US EPA Registered – Virkon™ S has a significant number of studies supporting approved US EPA master label claims against disease-causing organisms affecting poultry, swine and cattle production. Consult the Virkon™ S product container label for the comprehensive list of organisms.
*Formulated Broad Spectrum Disinfectant – The broad spectrum efficacy of Virkon™ S has been proven effective against: 61 strains of virus, 33 strains of bacteria, and 6 strains of fungi.
Versatility – Effective for non-porous hard surfaces, agricultural production equipment, vehicles, wheels, boot disinfection and day-to-day farm disinfection.
Corrosive statement refers to powder only not in use-diluted solution.
*Consult Virkon™ S product container label for the comprehensive list of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
- Provides effective disinfection against AI at a cost-effective 1:600 in-use dilution rate in 10 minutes!
- Provides effective disinfection against AI at a 1:200 in-use dilution rate, at 5°C in 1 minute!
Virkon™ S is recognized worldwide as the leading disinfectant of choice for the emergency disease control of Avian Influenza (bird flu). It is independently proven to be effective against lethal strains of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza virus.
Virkon™ S Proven Virucidal Efficacy Data Against Poultry Disease Causing Organisms
|Poultry Disease||Virus Family|
|Avian Adenovirus (Type2)*||Adenoviridae|
|Avian laryngotracheitis virus||Herpesviridae|
|Chicken anemia virus*||Circoviridae|
|Duck enteritis virus*||Herpesviridae|
|Egg drop syndrome (EDS)*||Adenoviridae|
|Infectious bronchitis virus*||Circoviridae|
|Infectious bursal disease* (Gumboro)||Birnaviridae|
|Marek’s disease virus*||Herpesviridae|
|Newcastle disease virus||Paramyxoviridae|
|Turkey herpes virus*||Herpesviridae|
|Turkey rhinotracheitis virus*||Paramyxoviridae|
* US EPA approved efficacy, poultry viral pathogens. Not approved for use in California.
Check the Virkon™ S product container label for the comprehensive list of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Bird Flu—Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
Avian Influenza (Fowl Plague), also referred to as bird flu, is a potentially devastating disease, predominantly of chickens and turkeys, although the virus can also affect game birds (pheasants, partridge and quail), ratites (ostrich and emu), psittacine and passerine birds.
Avian Influenza is caused by an orthomyxovirus, or influenza virus and can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host with birds being infected through contact with other birds, mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment and personnel traveling between farms, markets and abattoirs.
How can poultry production units and farms in an area where Avian Influenza has been identified reduce the risk of contracting the disease?
Create and practice a continuous disinfection program to prevent Avian Influenza from entering the farm environment.
When considering an effective disinfection program, it is essential to bear in mind that the Avian Influenza virus can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds can be infected through a number of vectors:
- Contact with other birds
- Contact with mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment
- Contact with personnel
- Establish a secure perimeter to ensure that the site is limited to one combined entrance and exit, providing a means of contact between the site entrance and the farm house/office e.g. a direct phone line, bell or whistle for essential callers.
- Minimize the number of visitors, and where possible provide “farm only” boots and overalls.
- Put a shower-in policy into place and provide hand-washing facilities.
- Clean vehicle wheels and personnel rubber boots with Virkon™ S as per product container label directions. Ensure that the solution is changed on a daily basis.
- Ensure that all vehicles have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to arrival at site.
- Only allow essential vehicles to enter with all others (staff, delivery & service vehicles etc.) being kept outside the perimeter.
Poultry Housing/Barns and Farm Cleaning and Disinfection
- Remove all poultry or other animals and feed from premises, trucks or other vehicles, coops, crates or other enclosures.
- Remove all litter droppings and manure from floors, walls and surfaces of barn pens, stalls, chutes and other facilities and fixtures occupied or traversed by poultry or other animals.
- Empty all troughs, racks, and other feeding and watering appliances.
- Apply a BioKlyn™ heavy duty cleaner at 1:100 (1%) to all non-porous hard surfaces at low pressure and leave for 10 minutes to help penetrate & lift dirt, muck etc. Thoroughly clean and rinse with water.
- Saturate surfaces with the use-diluted disinfecting solution. Allow surfaces to remain visibly wet for a period of 10 minutes (per label directions). Effective cleaning is essential to help remove any dirt, biofilm or organic material from surfaces. Lanxess BioKlyn™ detergents can be used for everyday farm cleaning.
- Immerse all halters, ropes, and other types of equipment used in handling and restraining animals, as well as forks, shovels, and scrapers used for removing litter and manure.
- Ventilate buildings, vehicles, coops, and other closed spaces. Do not house poultry or livestock or employ equipment until treatment has been absorbed, set, or dried.
- Thoroughly scrub treated feed racks, mangers, troughs, automatic feeders, fountains, and waterers with soap or detergent, and rinse with potable water before reuse.
For further consideration:
- Put in an effective rodent control program.
- Wild bird proof your poultry house – block up holes or inlets where wild birds can gain entry to your poultry barn.
- Provide staff training and raise disinfection awareness.
Effective cleaning is essential to help remove any dirt, biofilm or organic material from surfaces. Lanxess Biosolve™ detergents can be used for everyday farm cleaning. Once the non-porous hard surfaces are cleaned, Virkon™ S, can be used to disinfect against viruses, bacteria, and fungal disease-causing organisms. Consult Virkon™ S product label for full list of pathogens.
Protecting Poultry Against Wild Birds
Wild birds should not be killed to fight bird flu, put an effective control and surveillance system in place to ensure that contact between wild birds and poultry is avoided or at least monitored.
Ensure that poultry pens and drinking water supplies cannot be contaminated by migrating birds. If this cannot be done, then make the drinking water safe, by appropriate treatment, if necessary. Following the thorough cleaning and disinfection of the water system. This precaution will help prevent the water supply from acting as a vector for the transmission of disease.
Virkon™ S Updated Efficacy Claims
|Organism||Dilution Rate||Oz. / Gallon||Contact Time (min)||Temperature (C°)|
|AVIAN ADENOVIRUS (Type2)||1:200||0.7||10||5|
|AVIAN INFECTIOUS BRONCHITIS||1:200||0.7||1||5|
|AVIAN INFLUENZA virus||1:200||0.7||1||5|
|AVIAN INFLUENZA virus||1:600||0.215||10||RT|
|INFECTIOUS LARYNGOTRACHETIS VIRUS||1:200||0.7||10||RT|
- Virkon™ S provides effective disinfection against PEDv, PRRS and Porcine Rotavirus at a cost-effective 1:600 in-use dilution rate with a 10 minute contact time.
- Virkon™ S provides effective disinfection against PEDv at a cost-effective 1:200 in-use dilution rate at 5C with a 1 minute contact time.
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED virus or PEDv) is a coronavirus that infects the cells lining the small intestine of a pig, causing porcine epidemic diarrhea, a condition of severe diarrhea and dehydration. Older pigs generally become sick and lose weight after being infected, whereas new-born piglets usually die within five days of contracting the virus.
The rapid spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) is due to affected pigs shedding very high levels of virus that survive well in the environment, the infective dose is very low so naïve herds are easily infected by this high environmental challenge.
Disinfection is the only real way of stopping the spread of PEDv, PRRS and Porcine Rotavirus. It will reduce the impact on affected farms and will be key to clinical recovery and virus elimination especially on larger farms. Producers need to achieve complete disinfection, leveraged by good buy-in and compliance from management, their staff and their suppliers.
Virkon™ Disinfectant Technologies specialize in the environmental control of highly infectious diseases such as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
Virkon™ S has been independently tested and approved effective against the virus strain:
|Disease||Infectious Organism||LANXESS Disinfectant||Contact Time|
|Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv)||Coronavirus||Virkon™ S||10 minutes|
How Disease Spreads?
PEDv, PRRS and Porcine Rotavirus are very good at ‘Hitching a ride’ so it spreads easily. A high proportion of the virus’ spread occurs via pig transportation trailer units, and therefore, vehicle cleaning and disinfection must be made the number one priority. Remember, all other vehicles visiting your farm are a potential risk too, including feed, dead-haul, service and dung removal trucks. Be sure to disinfect vehicles and wheels using Virkon™ S disinfectant solution.
Perhaps the next biggest challenge is personnel: their personal protective clothing, soles of their rubber boots or any “outside” items they bring onto the farm. The PEDv, PRRS and Porcine Rotavirus virus are able to be easily spread via any contaminated piece of equipment or inanimate object. The virus has been shown to be transmitted through feed and can be spread mechanically by birds, other animals and insects. Aerial spread has been demonstrated, but only over short distances and is unlikely to be a major factor.
Disinfection is the Answer
For disinfection to be effective against PEDv, PCV2, PRRS and Porcine Rotavirus there must be good planning, procedures, training and tools put in place.
Plans must be thoroughly reviewed at all levels using a risk based approach involving the veterinarian, management and staff.
Beginning with transportation: scheduling is vital. In order to reduce the spread of the virus, dedicated vehicles should transport similar herds. If possible have different transport vehicles for infected versus virus free farms. All vehicles should be disinfected after the transport of animals.
The movement of personnel is another target area. Advisers, management and field staff are all increased risk factors as they move between animals and farms.
Delivery and entry of equipment onto the farm needs to be planned accordingly, as does removal of dead pigs, dung and any other waste.
Control of birds, rodents, insects and other animals should be reviewed.
Finally, when planning a PEDv, PRRS or Porcine Rotavirus disinfection program always ensure that a rule is in place to guarantee that no tools, equipment, vehicles or personnel are shared between positive and negative farms.
The first step in implementing a disinfection program is to clearly define the separation between “clean” versus “dirty” areas. This has to happen throughout the production system, for example between the loading chute and pig transporter, between the dirty and clean sides in a Danish entry system, or between the ground and the cab of a feed delivery vehicle. All the relevant lines of separation have to be identified and correct procedures for achieving separation established and used.
There are many procedures that farm personnel need to comply with. These include: correct use of shower facilities, procedures for leaving and re-entering the farm, sterilization or disinfection of equipment arriving at the farm, disinfection after risk vehicles have been near the farm, and contractor and staff behavior during dung removal.
On an infected farm, where bio-containment is being practiced examples of procedures are; control of personnel movement around the farm, cleaning and disinfecting non-porous hard surfaces and local manure removal and flushing.
Buy-in and training is an integral part of any program. This must include management, farm staff, drivers, service personnel and visitors.
They need to understand why disinfection against PEDv, PRRS and Porcine Rotavirus is important and how easily the virus can spread. This will enable farm personnel to implement the measures needed to help control or eliminate the risk of infection.
Coordinators must make it a prime task to train, review and retrain as needed. One challenge is high staff turnover and the need to keep all staff up-to-date on the latest disinfection procedures and protocols.
Some disinfection tools and tips to remember:
– Vehicle disinfection including wheels
– Disinfectant sprays at all entrances and exits
– Remote dead pig collection
– Good cleaning and disinfection entry facilities (disinfection of boots, shower in/out systems).
The choice of disinfectant is essential, it needs to be effective against PEDv, PRRS and Porcine Rotavirus but also have a broad spectrum of activity against other swine pathogens.
Once a farm has become infected it is important to disinfect quickly to help mitigate the spread of virus.
On large breeding farms, the containment of virus from infected pigs will help other pigs from becoming infected and further increasing the virus challenge.
In nursery and finisher farms a good disinfection program should help to eliminate the PEDv, PRRS virus and the Porcine Rotavirus.
About Virkon Disinfectant Technologies
The Virkon™ range of science-based biocidal technologies, for animal health disinfection, have been specifically engineered to provide effective, flexible and convenient, modern formulated disinfectant solutions for commercial livestock producers, veterinary hospitals and farmers.
Virkon™ S is a science-based biocidal technology for animal health disinfection, which has been specifically engineered to provide an effective†, flexible and convenient, modern formulated disinfectant solution for commercial livestock facilities, veterinary medical hospitals and farm premises.
The broad spectrum efficacy of Virkon™ S has been proven effective against:
- 64 strains of virus†
- 34 strains of bacteria
- 5 strains of fungi
Virkon™ S is versatile and can be used for non-porous hard surfaces, agricultural production equipment, vehicles, wheels, boot disinfection and daily farm premise disinfection.
PEDv = Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
PRRS = Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus
FMD = Foot and Mouth Disease Virus
Where to buy
Ag ProVision, South East
American Veterinarian Pharmaceuticals, Carolinas
Animal Health International, East of the Rockies
Best Veterinary Solutions, Delmarva, Midwest
Clear View Enterprises
MWI Veterinary Supply, East of the Rockies
QC Supply, Midwest
Veterinary Services Inc., West of the Rockies
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