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Your Questions Answered about Monkeypox

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What is Monkeypox?

According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. Monkeypox belongs to a genus that “includes variola virus (the cause of smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the smallpox vaccine), and cowpox virus.”

How does Monkeypox (disease) present itself?

According to the CDC, the early stages of the monkeypox illness, symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. The clinical presentation evolves to include macules, papules, vesicles, pustules and scabs.

How is Monkeypox spread?

The CDC has indicated that monkeypox “spreads between people primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact,” among other transmission paths.

How can Monkeypox transmission be prevented?

According to the CDC, these are some of the recommended best practices. As always, consult with medical experts to determine what is best for your business.

What is List Q?

List Q is U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Disinfectants for Emerging Viral Pathogens (EVPs) List. It includes registered disinfectants expected to reduce the spread, on treated hard, non-porous surfaces, of novel viral pathogens that cause outbreaks, such as monkeypox. Learn more at the EPA’s website.

How should I use List Q to determine if a disinfectant is appropriate for use against Monkeypox?

Determine the Tier level for the emerging viral pathogen to be inactivated. The List Q webpage provides the Tier level for specific emerging viral pathogens.

Using the List Q filters, enter the first two number parts of your disinfectant registration number in the cell titled “EPA Registration Number.” For example, for Spic and Span Disinfecting All-Purpose Spray and Glass Cleaner Concentrate, enter “3573-96”. When a disinfectant registration number has three parts, only the first two should be entered in the search cell in List Q. For example, enter “1839-215” instead of “1839-215-84740” for P&G Pro Line Disinfecting Floor and Surface Cleaner II.

Per EPA’s List Q website, monkeypox is a Tier 1 virus. If the disinfectant is appropriate for use against monkeypox, the result of the search would include “Yes” under “For use on Tier 1 viruses.”

The disinfectant would need to be used according to the directions for disinfection of the pathogen specified in the search result (for example, for Spic and Span Disinfecting All-Purpose Spray and Glass Cleaner Concentrate, this disinfectant would have to be used according to directions for disinfection of Norovirus.

What P&G Professional products can be used to kill similar viruses to monkeypox?

Monkeypox is caused by the monkeypox (MPX) virus. The products listed below kill similar viruses, and therefore can be used against the monkeypox virus when following directions for use against the virus listed on hard, non-porous surfaces. Refer to the CDC website for additional information.

EPA Reg. No. (Finished Good Name)

Monkeypox (MPX) virus.Contact time (follow directions to kill this organism)

1839-215-84740 (P&G Pro Line Disinfecting Floor and Surface Cleaner II)

5 min (Rotavirus)

3573-96 (Concentrated Spic and Span Disinfecting All-Purpose Spray and Glass Cleaner)

3 min (Norovirus)

6836-245-3573 (Spic and Span Disinfecting All-Purpose Spray and Glass Cleaner RTU)

3 min (Norovirus)

3573-54 (Comet Disinfecting - Sanitizing Bathroom Cleaner)

10 min (Norovirus)

3573-77 (Comet Disinfecting Cleaner with Bleach)

1 min (Norovirus, Poliovirus)

4091-20-42182 (Protection That Lives On Microban Professional Brand 24 Hour Keeps Killing 99.9% Of Bacteria For Up To 24 Hours Sanitizing Spray)

5 min (Norovirus, Rhinovirus)

4091-21-42182 (Protection That Lives On Microban Professional Brand 24 Hour Keeps Killing 99.9% Of Bacteria For Up To 24 Hours Multipurpose Cleaner)

5 min (Rotavirus)

4091-22-42182 (Protection That Lives On Microban Professional Brand 24 Hour Keeps Killing 99.9% Of Bacteria For Up To 24 Hours Bathroom Cleaner)

5 min (Rhinovirus)

6836-388-3573 (Dawn Disinfecting Wipes)

3 min (Norovirus)

6836-278-3573 (Clean Quick Broad Range Quaternary Sanitizer)

10 min (Norovirus)

treated surfaces must remain visibly wet for the stated contact time

My disinfectant name is different than that shown on List Q. Is my disinfectant still appropriate for use against monkeypox?

The product name in list Q is the EPA registration name. The commercially available product almost always is a different name than the EPA name. As long as the first two parts of the disinfectant EPA Registration Number appears in List Q and it shows a “Yes” under “For use on Tier 1 viruses,” then the disinfectant is expected to be efficacious against monkeypox.

Where can I learn more about P&G Professional and its products?

For additional assistance, P&G Professional offers SmartAssist, a free virtual cleaning expert that can provide tailored cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing solutions for your business. Visit to learn more.

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