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Virus Prevention with DuPont

Philippines, October 1, 2007

While the influenza virus is common and rarely life-threatening, occasionally there is an outbreak of a flu strain that causes deaths on a global scale. Such events are called pandemics, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is such a risk in the next few years.

Currently, the number one candidate for this kind of outbreak is the H5N1 subtype of Influenza A virus. More commonly known as bird flu, this virus has been identified as the cause of death among various species of birds and fowl all over the globe. It has also claimed 200 human lives since its discovery in 2003.

While human cases of influenza A infection have been reported in other countries, the Philippines is lucky to be relatively untouched by the virus. However, being a hub for tourism and commerce places, Filipinos are at a risk of the virus brought in by tourists.

To make the average Filipino aware of the threat, health advisories have been dispatched throughout the country. Some even recommend flu shots. WHO has come out with a Global Influenza Preparedness Plan, and DuPont developed three types of Biosecurity Kits to help reduce the spread of virus or bacteria targeted at corporations and government worldwide.

The DuPont™ Personal, Site and Farm Biosecurity Kits all contain tools that help reduce the spread of and exposure to pandemic causing viruses.

For large-scale disease transmission the DuPont™ Site Biosecurity Kit can reduce the germs across the site and minimize transmission among those who come in contact with contaminated surfaces. The kit has been used successfully for virus control during past outbreaks. It has also been utilized by corporations for workplace safety.

The DuPont™ Biosecurity Kit for farm use is designed for disease surveillance, virus control and containment situations, in preparation for a possible outbreak. It offers fundamental components and proven technologies in a convenient kit which includes DuPont™ RelyOn™ Virkon®, both with a proven efficacy against the Avian Influenza virus.

Behind every DuPont™ Biosecurity Kit is the knowledge of biosecurity management practices that help minimize virus transmission, combined with more than 200 years of safety and protection expertise. For more product information, contact DuPont at (632) 818-9911.



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Shiela Pino
Media Relations Department
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Celina Paguyo
Public Affairs Coordinator
Du Pont Far East, Inc.
818-9911 local 2043
celina.f.paguyo@phl.dupont.com