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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    United States


    There has been a lot of confusion about the supposed "norovirus-
    killing" hand sanitizers on here, and I just thought I'd share the
    information I got with all of you. I e-mailed several websites with
    hand sanitizers and other products claiming to kill noro, and here is
    what I have been told:

    No FDA-approved product has isolated the human norovirus
    strain. (But this isn't really news to us: if we had isolated the virus,
    we would be much closer to developing a vaccine.)

    But don't be scared.
    Instead, these companies that sell products claiming to kill
    norovirus have used the "murine" (dog) and "feline" strains that
    HAVE been isolated, as templates. Their products exhibit microbial
    activity against these strains, and effectively kill them. However,
    these strains are very close to the human strains, so the companies
    have made an educated guess that their products will have microbial
    activity against norovirus. It's extremely likely, as, from what they
    told me, the viruses are almost identical.

    This is the information i was given by specialists and after studying
    the clinical tests provided on websites of different companies.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Vancouver, BC, Canada


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