24 Feb 2014
Lonza Offers Lonzagard? Disinfectants for Flu Virus Infection Prevention and Control

Allendale, NJ, 24 February 2014 - The need for proper disinfection and other preventive measures is critical now as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) reports that flu virus outbreaks are widespread in virtually all U.S. states, along with a reported dramatic increase in flu deaths among the young and middle-aged adults. 

Lonza Consumer Care’s Hygiene business offers the comprehensive Lonzagard® line of highly effective disinfectant formulations that are helping hospitals and healthcare providers, homeowners, school janitorial cleaning service personnel and others combat seasonal flu viruses causing serious illnesses.

Flu virus outbreaks can become a global problem at this time of year. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, each year, around 10% of the European population are infected with influenza-related complications, which cause many cases of severe disease and hospitalizations.

A number of Lonza formulations have been demonstrated to inactivate certain flu viruses on hard surfaces; these highly effective European products include Lonzagard® DR-25aN, DM 114-10 and DR-LS-13N disinfectant formulations. In the United States, Lonza has multiple EPA-registered product families that have been tested against Influenza A strains, such as the Lonzagard ® HWS Series, R82 Series and P Series.

“With the CDC estimating that fewer than 45% of eligible people have actually received flu vaccination shots this season, it is all the more important to use preventive measures such as disinfecting wipes, sprays and liquids on high contact surfaces,” said Ernesto Lippert, Global Marketing Director Hygiene & Preservation. “Multiple Lonzagard® formulations have been tested and have proven effective against major influenza strains. It’s a comfort to have protective products like these that can break the chain of transmission.”

In general, influenza viruses are sensitive to chemical disinfectants, such as Lonza’s products. As protection from those viruses, health authorities recommend frequent and regular hand washing with soap or antibacterial hand soaps, and the use of disinfectants or sanitizers to clean high-contact surfaces such as faucet and refrigerator handles, kitchen counters and bathrooms.

Available as disinfecting wipes, sprays and liquids, Lonzagard® formulations act quickly to eliminate flu viruses as well as other pathogenic bacteria and viruses on multiple surfaces. Further information about Lonza’s solutions available in your area can be found at lonza.com/surviving-influenza.

Use products safely. Always read the label and product information before use.