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Avian influenza in chicken and turkey flocks have affected tens of millions of birds, resulting in a massive culling in the early part of 2022. While the active strain of H5N1 bird flu poses a low risk to the public for inflection, it can affect the economics of eggs and poultry.

Ron Kean, a poultry science expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, is quoted in an NPR article stating, “In 2015, we did see quite an increase in egg prices. The chicken meat wasn’t severely affected at that time. We did see quite a loss in turkeys, so turkey prices went up. So we’ll see. If a lot of farms contract this, then we could see some real increases in price.”

The most recent major avian flu outbreak in the United States was between the end of 2014 and June 2015, where more than 50 million chickens and turkeys died either through the infection or had to be culled to stop the spread of the virus.

Via data collected by the USDA and shared by the National Chicken Council, United States consumer consumption of poultry (chicken and turkey) continues to climb year over year, while red meat trends over time have been declining. To meet increasing consumer demands for poultry, bird flu not only affects poultry farms and processors, but affect consumer’s accessibility and favorable pricing. 

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Chlorine Dioxide is Effective Against Avian Influenza

Chlorine dioxide has been well documented as a broad-spectrum disinfectant with strong oxidizing activity. As a biocide it disrupts bacterial cell walls, can damage viral capsid proteins, and viral RNA. Chlorine dioxide can disinfect pathogens such as feline calicivirus, hepatitis A virus, pseudomonas aeruginosa, salmonella enterica, staphylococcus aeureus, and many more. Avian influenza shares common viral structure and similar resistance to biocide inactivation. But just a few months ago, chlorine dioxide’s effectiveness against a specific strain of avian influenza was documented and published in the Biosafety and Health publication (Volume 4, Issue 1) in February of 2022.

The authors of the study tested the efficacy of chlorine dioxide in both aqueous solution and gas forms against avian influenza A (H7N9) virus. Through their documented testing, the authors found that an aqueous solution of chlorine dioxide at 126 µg/mL (also translated as 126 PPM) for 15 seconds was effective as no surviving virus was detected within their test. Chlorine dioxide gas at >5 µL/L (5 PPM gas) sustained for one hour inactivated the virus.

The findings of their study reveal that chlorine dioxide as a gas or aqueous solution (at certain concentrations) is effective to inactivate the H7N9 influenza virus and could be applied for decontamination and disinfection of environments.

PureLine’s Chlorine Dioxide Solutions Meet Concentration Requirements for Eliminating Avian Influenza

PureLine offers a variety of chlorine dioxide solutions that are used within agriculture, food safety, healthcare, oil and gas, municipal water, and many other sectors. PureLine’s chlorine dioxide products and services meet the relevant concentrations and contact times observed in the author’s study to eliminate the H7N9 avian influenza virus.

PureLine’s Pure 100 aqueous solution meets the necessary concentration outlined to disinfect the H7N9 viruses under a 15 second contact time. Pure 100 can be purchased for use in spray, fogging, and misting applications and can be purchased in volumes of one quart to 265 gallons. Fill out our contact form below to learn more about Pure 100 and bulk pricing.

PureLine’s fumigation services are tailored to meet clients’ needs, producing 6-log reductions in food manufacturing plants for specific equipment or entire processing plants. Our fumigation team utilizes our mobile chlorine dioxide generators (PureFlo and MobileClean) with real time monitoring and automation to create clients’ necessary chlorine dioxide gas concentrations. PureLine’s chlorine dioxide gas meets the concentration conditions necessary for avian influenza inactivation as outline in the study.

Poultry farms don’t have to settle for culling. Treat your facilities with documented solutions that work.

If you would like to learn more about PureLine’s chlorine dioxide offerings and to connect with a chlorine dioxide expert, fill out the contact form below and a PureLine representative would be glad to see if chlorine dioxide is a candidate for your business.

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