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Studies Confirm that Arch Chemicals' Vantocil(TM) Product Destroys Dangerous Pet Viruses.

MANCHESTER, England -- Arch Chemicals, Inc. announced today that research has demonstrated that its Vantocil(TM) product, which has long been used as an ingredient in human hygiene disinfectant products in Europe and other global regions, is also highly effective in controlling the pet-associated viruses, Canine parvovirus and Feline coronavirus.

Research work performed by BluScientific Test Data at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland showed that Vantocil(TM) was effective within five minutes in controlling Canine parvovirus (CPV). Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious and serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract of puppies and dogs, with symptoms including loss of appetite, fever, vomiting and severe diarrhea. If left untreated it can be fatal. The Merck Veterinary Manual reports that mortality associated with CPV infection is 16-35 percent.

"This is an exciting step forward in our continuing development of the Vantocil(TM) antimicrobial since it is recognised that Canine parvovirus is very difficult to combat and is resistant to many disinfectants. Arch scientists are initiating further efficacy tests to evaluate the use of the Vantocil(TM) product against a wider range of animal-related pathogens," said Dr Terry Yeates, Business Manager, Arch(TM) Biocides' Health & Hygiene business.

Additional research also demonstrated that Vantocil(TM) was effective in controlling Feline coronavirus (FCoV). Infections with FCoV are very prevalent in cats throughout the world, but in most cases the virus will cause no clinical signs or only mild, transient disease such as self-limiting diarrhea. In rare cases, this viral infection can result in the development of Feline infectious peritonitis, which the Merck Veterinary Manual reports is almost always fatal.

Vantocil(TM) is based on the active ingredient poly (hexamethylenebiguanide) hydrochloride (PHMB). The PHMB antimicrobial from Arch(TM) Biocides has a proven track record over many years in providing both broad spectrum bactericidal and virucidal activity in a diverse range of human hygiene products marketed in many parts of the world.

In the United States, Vantocil(TM) is registered for formulating hard-surface sanitizers and disinfectants, but not yet for specific use against either Canine parvovirus or Feline coronavirus. Arch chemists and toxicology and regulatory experts can help customers incorporate Vantocil(TM) into their disinfectant products in the United States and provide advice to help them secure needed regulatory approvals.

Arch antimicrobials can be used in a variety of applications in markets around the world. Subject to national regulations, Arch biocides typically are marketed to the industrial and institutional hygiene industry, the food and beverage industry, household products, pet care products, lavatory care, laundry care and healthcare. For more information, please visit www.archbiocides.com. Arch(TM) Biocides is a business unit of Arch Chemicals.

Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut (USA), Arch Chemicals, Inc. is a global, specialty chemicals company with approximately $1.3 billion in annual sales. Arch and its subsidiaries have market leadership positions in the Treatment and Performance Products segments, where they provide leading customers with forward-looking solutions to meet their chemical needs. Together with its subsidiaries, Arch has approximately 3,000 employees worldwide and manufacturing and customer-support facilities in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. For more information, visit www.archchemicals.com.
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