Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) declaration of the monkeypox outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on Jul 23, on August 4 the White House declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Both WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working to track the outbreak and provide resources to those who are at risk. Find up-to-date information on the monkeypox outbreak on the CDC and WHO websites below:CDC: 2022 U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak
As the monkeypox outbreak continues to spread, the CDC recommends getting vaccinated if you have been exposed to monkeypox and to speak to your healthcare provider if you are showing symptoms.
Monkeypox spreads through direct contact with an infectious rash or bodily fluids. It can also be transferred by respiratory contact and can survive on environmental surfaces, especially in dark, cool, and low humidity environments. To protect yourself and others it’s important to disinfect potentially contaminated surfaces with an EPA registered disinfectant.
In May 2022 the US EPA activated its Emerging Viral Pathogens (EVP) Policy to allow registrants of disinfectants to make off-label claims against monkeypox virus. The qualified disinfectants must have an EPA stamped master label with an EVP claim for enveloped viruses. Buckeye International has a number of eligible disinfectants. The following products have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to monkeypox virus on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, these products can be used against monkeypox virus when used in accordance with the directions for use against the virus listed for each product in the table on hard, non-porous surfaces. Refer to the CDC for more information.
|Product||Use as Directed Against This Virus|
|Buckeye Eco® Neutral Disinfectant E23||Adenovirus type 7 ATCC VR-7|
|Buckeye Eco One-Step Disinfectant-Deodorizer-Cleaner E22||Rotavirus, WA strain, University of Ottawa|
|Buckeye Sanicare Quat-256™||Adenovirus type 7, ATCC VR-7|
|Buckeye Sanicare Quat-128™||Adenovirus type 7, ATCC VR-7|
|Buckeye Sanicare Lemon Quat™||Adenovirus type 7, ATCC VR-7|
|Buckeye Sanicare Mint Quat™||Adenovirus type 7, ATCC VR-7|
|Buckeye Sanicare Pine Quat™||Adenovirus type 7, ATCC VR-7|
|Buckeye Terminator™||Rotavirus, WA strain, University of Ottawa|
|Buckeye Sanicare TBX™||Human Rotavirus or Rhinovirus Type 39|
|Sanicare Disinfecting Wipes||Rotavirus|
|Buckeye Sanicare Quat-64™||Rotavirus|
|Buckeye Watchdog™ NF||Feline Picornavirus|
The reported number of monkeypox cases has risen rapidly over the course of the last month. It’s important to have a disinfection plan for your facility to help prevent the spread of this virus. Contact your local Buckeye representative for more information about Buckeye disinfectants, proper product usage, and combatting monkeypox.