Diseases, especially those caused by viruses, present a major threat to profitable livestock production. Biosecurity, or reducing the number of infectious organisms in the environment, is an effective and cost-effective form of protection.
Over the years, DuPont products and programs for biosecurity have been developed with leading producers from around the world. DuPont products have proven effective in practical farm conditions against a broad spectrum of pathogens.
Examples of DuPont products and services in disease preparedness and response:
- Virkon® S was the only disinfectant purchased by the Dutch authorities for use during the Dutch Avian Influenza Virus outbreak of 2003
- DuPont is providing 75,000 Tychem® garments to help control the spread of viruses and diseases in poultry
- In May 2006, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) selected Virkon® S veterinary disinfectant to meet the short-term needs to help governments and farmers prevent avian flu from spreading in 81 countries.
- Virkon® S has also been used to help control farm outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Classical Swine Fever (Hog Cholera) and Newcastle Disease (Fowl Pest)