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Contamination and Cleansing

Control of Pandemic Flu Virus on Environmental Surfaces in Homes and Public Places

This fact sheet explains how cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in homes and public places (like schools) can help to prevent the spread of pandemic influenza (flu). This fact sheet will be updated as needed. - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Flu.gov

How Flu Viruses Spread

How to Stop the Spread of Pandemic Flu Virus from Environmental Surfaces

Use good hygiene practices

Clean and disinfect hard surfaces and items in homes and schools

Use recommended laundry practices

Use recommended waste disposal practices

Additional Information

Disinfectant products (sanitizer cloths and liquid disinfectants) available from grocery stores, hardware stores, and commercial cleaning product suppliers have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Always follow label instructions carefully when using these products. For more information about EPA-registered disinfectants, visit www.epa.gov/oppad001/chemregindex.htm. For more information about cleaning and disinfection of surfaces to protect against pandemic influenza virus, consult “Interim Guidance on Environmental Management of Pandemic Influenza Virus.” To learn more about pandemic influenza, visit http://www.flu.gov/.

* Information provided by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services