Infection Control

Our extensive range of Infection control supplies covers hand hygiene products and surface sanitisers. We stock products that are anti-bacterial and virucidal designed to kill and protect against Avian (Bird) Flu, Swine Flu, MRSA, Coronavirus, Norovirus, Rotavirus, C Diff etc. and are ideal for pandemic protection or outbreaks.

Brands include Spirigel, Actichlor, Ecolab. We have an excellent and highly innovatiove range of Internal Air Quality (IAQ) monitoring devices and Air Sterilisation - Purification and Flitration units. For more info click here.

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Avian Flu H5N1 in Mammals - Current situation.

While rare, mammals can be infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) (“H5N1 bird flu”) viruses. Reports of these sporadic infections in mammals have occurred globally amid widespread outbreaks of bird flu infections in wild birds and poultry.

Specifically, recent HPAI A(H5N1) infections in mammals have been detected in several herds of cows in the USA, sea lions in Peru and Chile, sea elephants in Argentina, alpacas at an Idaho farm and foxes in Canada, France, and other countries. More recently it has been detected in house mice which is causing concern. Dozens of cows infected with bird flu have either died or been slaughtered in Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, South Carolina and Texas, which is unusual since—unlike poultry—cows cost more to slaughter.

The wide geographic spread of HPAI A(H5N1) viruses in wild birds, poultry, and some other mammals, including in cows, could create additional opportunities for people to be exposed to these viruses. Therefore, there could be an increase in sporadic human infections resulting from bird and animal exposures, even if the risk of these viruses spreading from birds to people has not increased. CDC believes the current risk to the general public from bird flu viruses is low. People who have job-related or recreational exposure to infected birds or animals, including cows, are at greater risk of contracting HPAI A(H5N1) virus and therfore need to take precautions and improve bio-security.

Situation in USA

H5N1 bird flu is a virus that has recently been detected for the first time in cows. As of beginning of June there have been 80+ herds across 10 states in which H5N1 has been detected. Additionally 4 farm workers have been infected with the A(H5N1) virus. On a single Texas dairy farm in April, out of 24 cats known to have contracted H5N1 twelve of them died. Postmortem examinations revealed signs of “severe systemic infection” in the dead animals’ bodies – including lesions on their hearts, brains, eyes, and lungs. The cats are thought to have become infected after consuming the sick cows’ raw milk. 

The virus can infect people who work with infected animals or their byproducts (e.g., raw milk), such as dairy workers. This virus has been found at high levels in the raw milk of dairy cows and also in the lungs, muscle, and udder tissue of cows. This virus is spreading among dairy cows, in multiple U.S. states. If you work with dairy cows, or other animals that could be infected with H5N1 bird flu, there are actions you can take to reduce your risk of infection and extra bio-sceurty measures have been put into place.  

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory used mice to test whether HPAI H5N1 found in raw milk can cause infections. The good news is to date, there hasn’t been evidence that commercially pasteurized milk poses an infection risk.

The researchers also stored raw milk infected with H5N1 in refrigerated conditions (4°C, or 39°F) for 5 weeks and found only a small decline in virus levels. This shows that the virus can likely remain infectious in raw milk when maintained at refrigerated temperatures. 

Finally, the scientists fed milk from a cow infected with an HPAI H5N1 strain to five mice. All animals showed signs of illness by 1 day after exposure to the milk. When the team examined the animals’ organs 4 days after infection, they found HPAI H5N1 throughout their bodies, including the nasal passages and lungs. The results suggest that consumption of raw milk may pose a risk for H5N1 infection.

A contract to supply an influenza vaccine to offer immunity against the deadly H5N1 virus has been put out to tender by the UK Health Security Agency, to be held in stockpile in case of an outbreak.It would be ready for use from this December “in the event of zoonotic infections and for use in response to the entry of H5 influenza into the UK population”. The move by the UK follows the European Commission signing a deal for 40m doses.

Last updated:  04/07/2024

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Infection Control FAQs

Yes. Once your order has been despatched you will receive an email with the couriers details and your consignment number. Please note some particularly bulky items etc. are sent direct from the manufacturer. If you do not get your consignment details from us or our delivery partner by email then please email us at [email protected] or call 0113 2461 550 quoting your order number.

Yes. During the checkout process you can select a different address to the billing address. Once you have checked out if you decide you need change the delivery address please e-mail us quoting your order number and we will try and change it. Please note it may not be possible if your parcel has already left our warehouse

For the NHS, Councils, Universities, Schools and other Public entities we accept official public sector orders via e-mail to: [email protected] or via Fax on: 0113 2461 560. Upon receipt and once your order has been verified we will then invoice you offering our credit terms which are Net Monthly*.

Alternatively should you wish to open an account with us so you can simply login online at and place orders, view and repeat previous orders etc. please download the account form and return to us via email.

Any queries please call 0113 2461 550 - Option 4 during office hours and they will be happy to help.

* Net monthly means that the invoice is due for payment at the end of the month following the date of invoice – for example an invoice dated 20 July with payment terms net monthly, will be due for payment by 31 August latest.