According to reports from the International Sanitary Supply Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced information about disinfectants that can help prevent the spread of the avian influenza in the United States.

Avian Influenza A — or "bird flu" — is an infection caused by influenza (flu) viruses that are found chiefly in birds.

The risk of contracting avian influenza is generally low in people because the viruses do not usually infect humans. However, a new study suggests that there is an association between direct contact with dead or sick poultry and the flu-like illness in humans and that the transmission is probably more common than expected.

“There is a possible risk to people who have direct or close contact with infected birds or with surfaces that have been contaminated with secretions and excretions from infected birds," according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Currently, more than 90 disinfectant products are registered and labeled for use to help protect against avian influenza A viruses on hard, nonporous surfaces. These products are typically used by the poultry industry to disinfect facilities such as veterinary premises, poultry houses, farm premises and equipment, and other institutional and industrial settings.

Although there are no antimicrobial products registered specifically to fight against subtypes of the avian A influenza, such as H5N1, the EPA believes that the currently registered avian influenza A-fighting products will be effective against H5N1 and other strains.

For more information on the Avian Flu, visit the EPA Web page.