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February 22, 2006

Preventol® CD 601 highly effective against avian flu virus

Leverkusen - Preventol® CD 601 disinfectant concentrate, marketed by the LANXESS Material Protection Products business unit, has proven to be very effective against the highly pathogenic avian flu virus. New test results obtained by the Giessen University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with type A influenza viruses confirm the effectiveness of the product, developed by LANXESS’s research team, which has been used for years to disinfect animal housing.

The highly contagious viral disease primarily attacks chickens, ducks and other birds. The animals suffer from fever, respiratory difficulty and diarrhea. The pathogen is eliminated via feces and other bodily secretions. Therefore, the virus can be transmitted not only by contact between infected migratory birds and chickens, but possibly also introduced to farms by motor vehicles or personnel. "We all have a responsibility to bear," states Axel Horst, state-certified inspector for poultry breeding and management at the Rhineland Chamber of Agriculture. "Only a strict hygiene program with the best possible products for fighting bacteria, fungi and viruses will stem the current threat of an avian epidemic." Horst advises poultry farms to thoroughly clean and disinfect their premises, in addition to other necessary precautions: "Floors, tools, transporters and cages must be treated at regular intervals with disinfectants that reliably kill bacteria, germs and viruses. In farms where the disease has already occurred, all facilities must be disinfected before any new animal stocks are brought in."

Preventol® CD 601 has a unique combination of three active ingredients that are particularly suitable for areas with strong organic contamination, such as chicken housings, and against enveloped viruses like the H5N1 avian flu virus. In addition to its very good bactericidal and fungicidal properties, the formulation also displays broad virucidal effectiveness.

Disinfecting animal housing requires a 1:100 solution of Preventol® CD 601. "Germs, bacteria and viruses can be combated effectively, even with extreme levels of contamination. It's the best way to handle difficult hygiene conditions in breeding houses," says Dietmar Schlegel, Marketing Disinfection, LANXESS Material Protection Products business unit. For an optimal effect, Preventol® must be sprayed expertly across stable areas that have previously been cleaned, according to Schlegel.

Other products that have proven successful for decades in the professional disinfection of animal housing include the phenolic derivatives Preventol® O extra, Preventol® CMK and Preventol® BP. For detailed information on the Preventol® product line, go to
www.protectedbypreventol.de
.

The Material Protection Products business unit markets a wide range of preservatives and biocides. It is part of the Performance Chemicals segment, which generated sales of EUR 1.910 billion in fiscal year 2004.

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