The Importance of Virucidal Activity in Agricultural Disinfectants

November 1st 2016

The Importance of Virucidal Activity in Agricultural Disinfectants

 

Terminal disinfection in broiler housing provides an opportunity for intensive cleaning and elimination of accumulated pathogens. Good hygiene protects the birds’ immune system from being overwhelmed, and ensures an appropriate and adequate response towards pathogens, and the protective effect of vaccination programmes.


Disinfection provides a cost-effective way to protect chicks against infectious disease over the 6 weeks growth period. Viruses are virulent, infective, and have the ability to survive for long periods ex-vivo. Viruses have the capacity to inflict the greatest damage on poultry flocks and pose the greatest threat to the industry. Mortality can be high and rapid, but sub-clinical disease often has the most deleterious impact on farm productivity and profitability. The impairment of the immune system following viral attack leaves birds unable to fend off the
plethora of bacteria, fungi and other organisms typically found in poultry housing. Protection of poultry flocks against viruses ensures they are indirectly protected from a much wider spectrum of environmental organisms.


This highlights the critical role played by Virucidal disinfectants in poultry production. Proven Virucidal efficacy under challenging agricultural conditions not only ensures success of the poultry enterprise but safeguards consumer safety by reducing veterinary intervention and the requirement for antibiotic usage.

 

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