Miele Professional Announces a New Approach to Reduce Canine Parvovirus Infection Risk

Thermal disinfection provides veterinary practices with safe and sustainable process to deactivate contaminated laundry

Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) October 23, 2014 -- There is no cure for canine parvovirus (CPV). Dogs infected with the virus, typically unvaccinated dogs and puppies, suffer severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Veterinarians can only treat the afflicted dogs for dehydration and make sustained efforts to contain the virus. CPV is highly contagious and spreads through contact with contaminated stool, dogs, environments, and people. Resistant to many disinfectants, the virus can survive in the environment for years. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, the best way to prevent CPV is through good hygiene and vaccination.

For busy veterinary practices that manage large volumes of laundry every day, maintaining good hygiene includes using liberal amounts of bleach or other toxic chemicals. However, vets now have the means to reduce the amount of expensive, corrosive and unsafe chemicals used for disinfecting laundry contaminated with CPV.

In recent findings published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s foremost research institution for infectious diseases, successful treatment of laundry contaminated with CPV is possible using sustained high temperature and a suitable suds ratio. Miele Professional, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium quality laundry systems, announced that its Octoplus and Little Giant Laundry Systems meet RKI recommendations for deactivating CPV.

Miele Professional washers offer precise temperature control and holding time. During the wash cycle, water is heated to 85°C (185°F) and held at that temperature for 15 minutes. A suds ratio of 1:4 (1 kilogram laundry to 4 liters wash bath) is required to achieve effective disinfection and eradicate CPV in contaminated laundry. Thermal disinfection is better for the environment, less harmful to patients and staff, and less destructive to equipment and fabrics when compared to bleach or other chemical disinfectants.

“We’re continually doing laundry at the clinic,” says Jodi Runck, Certified Veterinary Technician at the New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center in New Ulm, MN. The Center recently acquired an Octoplus Laundry System. “Each week we see about 150 dogs along with our other patients. We are a mixed animal practice with some of our veterinarians visitng farms and treating farm animals, so our washers run non-stop.” Jodi says that they have used chemical additives to disinfect laundry in the past. “We know CPV is always going to be out there –we just don’t want it here,” she adds.

Miele Professional Octoplus and Little Giant washers are constructed of stainless steel and have been rigorously tested to run for 30,000 operating hours. Designed to conserve energy and water, the washers have 16 standard operating programs, including a high speed spin cycle that reduces drying time, providing additional time and energy savings. The matching high-efficiency dryers feature a patented residual moisture sensor system that precisely monitors the desired drying level of the laundry.

For more information on Miele Laundry Systems for Veterinarians, email Miele Professional at proinfo(at)mieleusa(dot)com or call 800-991-9380. Visit www.miele-pro.com and follow us on Twitter at @MieleProUSA.

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