Las Vegas Casinos New Weapon Against Norovirus

6th Dec 2004

In the wake of recent outbreaks of the
Norovirus in Las Vegas, casinos, hotels and other hospitality facilities
are turning to new cleaning and sanitization methods outlined by the Clark
County (Nevada) Health District (CCHD). One of the CCHD’s recommendations
is the use of disposable cleaning cloths to replace laundered cloth towels
for all cleaning activities. Use of disposable cleaning cloths is thought to help break the chain of
infection that can occur when the highly contagious Noroviruses are spread
via contact with a surface contaminated with the virus.

“With a reusable cloth towel, you may spread viruses and germs from one
location to the next as you clean,” says Andy Clement, category manager,
Kimberly-Clark Professional. “But a disposable cleaning cloth like a
WypAll(R) Wiper is designed to be tossed away after each use, lessening
the chances for the spread of germs.”

The CCHD’s Norovirus Outbreak Prevention Guidelines for Hotels/Casinos
calls for the use of disposable cleaning cloths instead of cloth towels
that are laundered and then reused:

—During basic cleanup and sanitization, including the use of separate
colored cloths in toilet areas.—In routine guest room cleaning,
including the use of separate colored cloths in toilet areas and a new set
of cloths to be used for each guest room. Separate cloths are to be used
for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.—For emesis and feces removal.
—For treatment of other contaminated materials.

“The line of WypAll(R) Wipers is available in different colors - red,
white and blue - to help casinos and lodging properties with this
color-coding recommendation,” Clement adds, noting that shortly after the
October/November Norovirus outbreak, Kimberly-Clark Professional received
an order for 2,000 cases of the disposable towels from a Las Vegas casino
eager to meet the new cleaning and sanitization recommendations.



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