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Many disinfectants ineffective against noroviruses

Published on 18/03/2010
Commercial surface cleaners shouldn't be relied upon to remove viruses responsible for gastroenteritis, according to new research.

A study published in the Journal of Food Protection found that 40 per cent of alcohol or ammonium-based disinfectants are believed to be ineffective in eliminating noroviruses, which cause more than half of all food-related infections of the stomach and intestines.

These viruses spread directly via contact with infected people or indirectly through contaminated objects, foods or surfaces.

Lead author of the report professor Julie Jean said: "Once attached, these viruses can survive for weeks and potentially contaminate anyone who touches them.

"And it's highly probable that our findings on stainless steel surfaces also apply to other materials."

NHS figures show that around 20 per cent of people in the UK are affected by gastroenteritis. Good hygiene and health care is essential to reduce the spread of bacterial and viral infections.

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