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September 15, 2014

Enterovirus (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses and is a member of the picornavirus family of viruses, which are small non-enveloped RNA viruses. Other viruses in the same family include coxsackievirus, echovirus, poliovirus and rhinovirus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), non-polio enteroviruses like EV-D68 can be spread through close contact with an infected person, or indirectly by touching contaminated surfaces or objects then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

There is no vaccine to prevent against non-polio enteroviruses at this time. The CDC has issued the following guidance to prevent the spread of EV-D68 and other non-polio enterovirus infections. Recommendations include:

  • • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers
  • • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick

Additionally, the CDC issued an official Health Advisory on September 12, which provides additional guidance and recommendations to states health departments and healthcare providers, including guidance for disinfection of surfaces in healthcare settings.

Clorox has a broad portfolio of EPA-registered surface disinfectants that can be used to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Although currently we do not have any products that have been tested against EV-D68, the following products meet the criteria established by the CDC (see attached list).