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US Army: Sporicidin® Kills Mold More Effectively than Bleach

HIO Update, which provides information regarding global medical and veterinary issues of interest to the United States (US) Army, stated that the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Eurekalert.com reported a 1-year study from the University of Maryland comparing Sporicidin® Disinfectant Solution and household bleach finds that Sporicidin® is more effective than household bleach in controlling mold fungi (Stachybotrys and Chaetomium) on commonly used building materials (drywall). Sporicidin® allowed no growth and provided continuous fungistatic activity for 4 months after application on treated drywall. Household bleach was not effective within one day when it dried. The researchers stated, "because of the recent implications of toxin producing fungi with 'Sick-Building-Syndrome', ways of treating contaminated indoor environments, as well as preventing the contamination of indoor environments, has become a major concern. Treating drywall with a fungistatic compound such as Sporicidin® before installation of the drywall may be a more effective means of reducing the hazards of indoor microbial contamination than eradication of mold growth after the homes/buildings have been occupied." 6/5/2003