Measles and Cleaning to Prevent its Spread

Cleaning to Prevent Measles

About Measles
According to the CDC, measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing as transmission is primarily person to person via large respiratory droplets. Measles virus has a short survival time in the air or on objects and surfaces. However if other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is a disease of humans; measles virus is not spread by any other animal species.1

Hand Washing & Surface Cleaning
One of the most effective things you can do to help stop the spread of measles is to wash your hands frequently and encourage your staff to do the same. Consider using a hand sanitizer as well for extra protection. You can find information and steps on proper hand washing techniques here.

For hard surface cleaning, P&G Professional recommends using products labeled as disinfectants. Following the label instructions is key for maximum effectiveness. You can find EPA-approved disinfecting products from P&G Professional here.

1 Centers for Disease Control , The Pink Book: Course Textbook - 12th Edition Second Printing (May 2012)