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Several Clorox® Products Effective Against H1N1 2009 Flu Virus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), good health habits can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus1.

Among the Clorox hard surface disinfection products that can help prevent the spread are: Clorox® Regular-Bleach1, concentrated*, Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes* and Clorox® Clean-Up® cleaner with bleach spray cleaner* (Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes do not contain bleach but are effective against the H1N1 virus).

The Clorox Company is working closely with public health organizations to support efforts to educate people about protecting themselves from H1N1 virus.

What is the H1N1 virus?
The H1N1 virus is a new influenza virus causing illness in people. The virus was first detected in people in the United States in April 2009. It was quickly determined that the virus spreads from person-to-person, probably in much the same way as seasonal flu. On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) labeled the H1N1 virus as a pandemic virus . The virus was originally referred to as “swine flu” because laboratory testing shows that many of its genes were very similar to influenza viruses that occur in pigs (swine) in North America. But further study has shown that this new virus is very different from what normally circulates in North American pigs2.

What is an influenza pandemic?
A disease epidemic occurs when there are more cases of that disease than normal. A pandemic is a worldwide epidemic of a disease. An influenza pandemic may occur when a new influenza virus appears against which the human population has no immunity. With the increase in global transport, as well as urbanization and overcrowded conditions in some areas, epidemics due to a new influenza virus are likely to take hold around the world, and become a pandemic faster than before. WHO has defined the phases of a pandemic to provide a global framework to aid countries in pandemic preparedness and response planning. The WHO considers the overall severity of the H1N1 virus pandemic to be moderate.

Is this H1N1 virus contagious?
The CDC has determined that this H1N1 virus is contagious and is spreading from person-to-person worldwide, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.

How does the H1N1 virus spread?

  • Flu viruses spread mainly from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza.
  • Viruses can also spread when a person touches a surface with flu viruses on it and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

How do you protect yourself?

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. You can also cough into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands rubs are also effective.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Use EPA-registered disinfectant products that are effective against the Influenza A virus on frequently touched surfaces.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)

For more information about the H1N1 virus and what you can do to protect you and your family, visit:


* US EPA registrations numbers — Clorox® Regular-Bleach1, concentrated (5813-50); Clorox® disinfecting wipes (5813-58); Clorox® Clean-Up® cleaner with bleach spray cleaner (5813-21)