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Suggestions for Lab Decontamination

Areas of particular concern include computer keyboards, areas of countertops that are not easily cleaned, supply and exhaust ducts, and dusty areas in the corners of floors and behind heavy equipment

Room surfaces:

  1. Virucidal disinfectant (Virkon) followed by steam application (sign out from Animal Resources) OR
  2. Steam application followed by room decontamination using vaporized hydrogen peroxide under contract (e.g.

Durable equipment:

  1. Cagewash, autoclave  OR
  2. Wash/scrub with detergent then soak in high level disinfectant such as Virkon, MB-10, 10% bleach, Cidex Pro (note: some disinfectants require respiratory protection - contact environmental health and safety for more information)

Equipment with electronics or porous surfaces, computers:

  1. Replace OR
  2. Tent decontamination with vaporized hydrogen peroxide or gaseous chlorine dioxide under contract (contact animal resources for more information) OR
  3. Clean up as best as possible (e.g. wipe down) then cover with impervious sanitizable surface (e.g. computer keyboard cover)


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