Diversey Care Addresses MERS Threat with a Prevention Toolkit
STURTEVANT, Wisc. – 2 June 2014 – In response to the escalation and regional expansion of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division today launched a MERS Prevention and Outbreak Response Toolkit. The resource provides knowledge and tools to address this emerging pathogen, and highlights key prevention strategies including hand hygiene and surface cleaning and disinfection.
“Creating and maintaining safe environments is of the utmost importance to our customers. We want to provide them with resources and tools that can be quickly deployed to address this threat and ensure safety for staff and visitors,” said Carolyn Cooke, Diversey Care’s North American Vice President for Healthcare. “In this toolkit, we’ve compiled resources from the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect staff, patients and the public from this global threat.”
According to the WHO, there have been more than 570 confirmed cases of MERS, including 171 deaths. The number of countries with confirmed cases continues to expand since it was first detected in Saudi Arabia in 2012. There is currently no medical treatment for an individual with MERS, which is believed to spread between people in close contact. Thus, preventing transmission is essential for containing the virus.
The toolkit is available online at Diversey Care’s Solutions Designed for Healthcare™ Resource Centre at www.sdfhc.com. Diversey Care is a division of Sealed Air Corp., a leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. For more information about Diversey Care, please visit www.diversey.com, or follow it on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
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Sealed Air Corporation creates a world that feels, tastes and works better. In 2013, the Company generated revenue of approximately $7.7 billion by helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals in the face of today's biggest social and environmental challenges. Our portfolio of widely recognised brands, including Cryovac® food packaging solutions, Bubble Wrap® cushioning, and Diversey™ cleaning and hygiene solutions, ensures a safer and less wasteful food supply chain, protects valuable goods as they are shipped around the world and improves health through clean environments. Sealed Air has approximately 25,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries. To find out more, visit www.sealedair.com.
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