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More on wound cleansing with Benzalkonium Chloride

Postby redundantsi » Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:23 pm

Inactivation of Viruses by Benzalkonium Chloride

J. A. Armstrong1 and
E. J. Froelich

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Sterling-Winthrop Research Institute, Rensselaer, New York


Benzalkonium chloride (as Roccal or Zephiran) was found to inactivate influenza, measles, canine distemper, rabies, fowl laryngotracheitis, vaccinia, Semliki Forest, feline pneumonitis, meningopneumonitis, and herpes simplex viruses after 10 min of exposure at 30 C or at room temperature. Poliovirus and encephalomyocarditis virus were not inactivated under the same conditions. It was concluded that all viruses tested were sensitive except members of the picorna group. The literature was reviewed.


from http://books.google.com/books?id=CF2INI ... es&f=false

Manson's Tropical Diseases: Expert Consult
By Gordon C. Cook, Alimuddin I. Zumla

"Rabies virus is rapidly inactivated by heat."

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half-life, 56deg C, 1min.; 37deg C, several hours in moist conditions; 4deg C, little loss after 2 weeks.[summarized from the text image.]

Doesn't this contradict the old claims that cold water would be best? And is the 'moist condition' a factor which would reinforce the claim that drying the saliva was important?
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Re: What can be done about rabies when there is no medicine?

Postby DrBones » Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:48 pm

Hi reduntantsi,

You are right about BZK, it is a useful item for your medical supplies. Thanks for your link, it will help others identify rabies. I would especially recommend rabies vaccine for those who will be working with at-risk animals.

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