Triclosan against viruses

Illnesses and diseases can be spread by viruses. Viruses are divided into two groups: enveloped and non-enveloped viruses. Triclosan has been found to be effective against various pathogenic enveloped viruses (Dellano et al., 2009; Bondi et al., 2007) when used in products at a concentration of 0.05–0.5%. As such, Triclosan can, for instance, be used in formulations to target the SARS coronavirus and the avian influenza A H5N1 virus. Furthermore, a Triclosan containing hand soap formulation has also been shown to be active against some non-enveloped viruses like murine norovirus and feline calicivirus (Park et al., 2010).They are related to human noroviruses which can affect people of all ages and often cause an unpleasant case of gastroenteritis.



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