Effectiveness of common household cleaning agents in reducing the viability of human influenza A/H1N1

Jane S Greatorex, Rosanna F Page, Martin D Curran, Paul Digard, Joanne E Enstone, Tim Wreghitt, Penny Powell, Darren Sexton, Roberto Vivancos, Jonathan S Nguyen-Van-Tam

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In the event of an influenza pandemic, the majority of people infected will be nursed at home. It is therefore important to determine simple methods for limiting the spread of the virus within the home. The purpose of this work was to test a representative range of common household cleaning agents for their effectiveness at killing or reducing the viability of influenza A virus.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere8987
JournalPLoS One
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2010


  • Virus Inactivation
  • Animals
  • Disinfectants
  • Humans
  • Chick Embryo
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • RNA, Viral
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Cell Line
  • Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype

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