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Monkeypox Alert: How to Disinfect Against the Monkeypox Virus


The purpose of this post is to answer questions about Monkeypox and specifically how to select a disinfectant that is effective against the Monkeypox virus.

By now, you have probably seen the news stories about a spreading virus called Monkeypox Virus.  The CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) have expressed concern about the spread of this contagious virus through out the world.


What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. The Orthopoxvirus genus also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus.

How do you get Monkeypox?

The answer below is directly from the CDC website:

“Monkeypox virus can spread when a person comes into contact with the virus from an infected animal, infected person, or materials contaminated with the virus.   Monkeypox virus may spread from animals to people through the bite or scratch of an infected animal, by handling wild game, or through the use of products made from infected animals.  The virus may also spread through direct contact with body fluids or sores on an infected person or with materials that have touched body fluids or sores, such as clothing or linens.

Monkeypox spreads between people primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact.  Monkeypox can spread during intimate contact between people, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with monkeypox sores.  At this time, it is not known if monkeypox can spread through semen or vaginal fluids.”

How do I determine if a disinfectant is going to be effective against the Monkeypox Virus?

If a particular disinfectant has an “Emerging Viral Pathogen” Claim for a virus that is harder to kill than the virus that causes Monkeypox, then the product can be used effectively for disinfecting against the Monkeypox virus.

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