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Environmental Cleaning

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Cleaning and disinfecting are necessary to control the spread of pathogens. It is especially important to enhance environmental cleaning during an outbreak as some pathogens can survive for hours, days, or weeks, on toys and other surfaces.

During an outbreak, it is recommended:

  • All surfaces and bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected at least daily or when soiled.
  • Diaper change surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • Toys should be cleaned and disinfected daily (special attention is needed for infant and toddler areas).
  • Suspend water table, wading pool and sensory bins for the duration of outbreak.
  • Fuzzy toys should be removed during an outbreak.
  • Increase disinfectant concentration during an outbreak following Disinfection Recommendation Chart-CIPHI and Mixing of Chlorine (Bleach) Solution