Hand hygiene is important for the prevention of bacterial and viral transmission in the healthcare environment. The development of broad antiviral spectrum hand disinfectants with activity against enveloped and non-enveloped viruses is limited due to a small number of permissible active ingredients able to inactivate viruses. Ionidis et al. (2016) report on a new hand disinfectant that was developed based upon 69.39% w/w ethanol and 3.69% w/w 2-propanol. Different amounts of citric acid and urea were added in order to create a virucidal claim against poliovirus (PV), adenovirus type 5 (AdV) and polyomavirus SV40 (SV40) as non-enveloped test viruses in the presence of fetal calf serum (FCS) as soil load. The exposure time was fixed to 60 seconds.
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