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10 EPA-Approved Betco® Disinfectants for Use Against Monkeypox

Jun 2, 2022
Monkeypox virus bacteria

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The Monkeypox virus dates back to 1958, when the pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. Transmission of the virus happens when a person comes into contact with the virus from an animal, human, or materials that are contaminated with Monkeypox. Human transmission occurs primarily through large respiratory droplets or indirect contact through clothing or linens.

Today, Monkeypox cases are being investigated in several European countries, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. There are 13 suspected cases in Canada, and 1 confirmed case in Massachusetts, United States. Monkeypox is most common in Central and West Africa and is considered to be rare outside of these regions. Ongoing investigations are trying to determine the cause of the spread.

The EPA has recently added the Monkeypox virus to their emerging viral pathogen policy. A virus is added to this policy when there is no EPA-approved protocol set in place. Under this policy, there are 10 Betco disinfectant products recommended by the EPA’s List Q Disinfectants for Emerging Viral Pathogens for use against Monkeypox:

These disinfectants have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses similar to Monkeypox on hard, non-porous surfaces. Therefore, they can be used against the Monkeypox virus when used per the directions on the product label.

In addition to cleaning and disinfecting hard, non-porous surfaces to reduce the spread of Monkeypox, the EPA also recommends the following prevention methods:

  • Practice proper hand hygiene.
  • Launder infected clothing, bedding, and towels in warm water. Bleach may be added but is not necessary.
  • Infected dishes or eating utensils should be isolated and washed separately in a dishwasher or by hand with warm water and soap.

For more information about Monkeypox, click here. To get in touch with a Betco® representative, click here.

*Disinfectant dilution only (3.5 oz/5-gal water)