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article imageBig business in swine flu prevention among disinfectant providers

By Michael Krebs     Sep 3, 2009 in Business
Companies in the viral disinfectant game may very well be counting their blessings on the emergence of the H1N1 swine flu bug.
As schools struggle to do what they can against the impact from the H1N1 swine flu virus, some disinfectant companies are well-positioned to take advantage of the safety precautions brought about by the spread of the virus.
With the rise of the H1N1 influenza among students in middle schools and colleges across the country, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers are quickly becoming staples among back-to-school shoppers.
"Some districts that didn't even allow hand sanitizers on their property in years past because of the alcohol content are now encouraging students to bring them," Advertising Age reported.
The White House estimates that roughly 90,000 Americans could die from the H1N1 swine flu virus this season, and government officials and CDC experts agree that the best way to fight this invasive animal in the short term is to incorporate hand-washing into daily routines.
Clorox has taken this suggestion a step further, issuing a "College Survival Guide" that explores vaccination options, clean-up tips, and the many usages of disinfectants on surfaces throughout a given college campus. And for its part, Lysol's New Zealand division recently reported a "soft flu season," tethering the spread of the pandemic to the company's books.
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