Front Page VSPN Message Boards Chat Library Continual Education Search MyVSPN - Coming Soon Help Frequently Asked Questions Send us Feedback! Go to VIN Industry Partners Go to VetQuest Go to Veterinary Partner Go to Y2Spay
Menu bar   Go to the Portal


Journal of feline medicine and surgery
Volume 18 | Issue 6 (June 2016)

Decontamination of laundry exposed to Microsporum canis hairs and spores.

J Feline Med Surg. June 2016;18(6):457-61.
Karen A Moriello1
1 School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
© ISFM and AAFP 2015.


OBJECTIVES:The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of decontamination of fabric exposed to Microsporum canis hairs and spores by mechanical washing using hot or cold water with or without a sodium hypochlorite additive, and to field test a washing protocol for terry cloth and denim exposed to M canis via direct contact with infected cats.
METHODS:Cotton, terry cloth and denim fabric swatches were contaminated with isolated infective spores and hairs and then washed in water at temperatures of 30°C and 60°C, with and without a sodium hypochlorite additive, and with and without mechanical drying. Terry cloth and denim were contaminated by direct contact with infected kittens and washed at 30°C until culture-negative.
RESULTS:All prelaundering samples had >300 colony forming units (cfu)/plate. Experimentally contaminated fabrics were culture-negative, regardless of fabric type, water temperature, the presence or absence of sodium hypochlorite, or tumble drying after one wash. After one wash, 22/34 (65%) of terry cloth towels and 12/20 (60%) denim fabric squares were culture-positive, but the infective load was minimal (1-5 cfu/plate). After two washes in cold water there was no detectable contamination of fabric. The rinse water was not contaminated with spores. The laundry tub was easily decontaminated via mechanical cleaning followed by use of a disinfectant.
CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE:Washable textiles exposed to M canis can be decontaminated via mechanical washes in cold water without the addition of bleach. Two washes are recommended to ensure removal of spores. Laundry can be effectively decontaminated by washing twice in cold water on a long wash cycle (for ⩾14 mins). It is important to ensure maximal agitation (ie, the machine should not be overloaded).

Article Tools:
   Email to me

Archives Highlights:
Outcomes of dogs undergoing immediate or delayed surgical treatment for gastrointestinal foreign body obstruction: A retrospective study by the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery.
Risk factors for necrosis and perforations included duration of clinical signs, increased lactate, linear foreign material, and timing of surgery. Enterectomies as well as the duration of surgery and anesthesia were increased when surgery was delayed. Immediate surgery was associated with earlier return to feeding and discharge from the hospital; (5%) dogs in each group (n = 33 immediate; n = 11 delayed) either had a negative explore or the foreign body was milked aborally into the colon at the time of surgery.
Equine Dental Floating (Crown Osontoplasty).
Odontoplasty (floating and occlusal equilibration) is the most commonly performed procedure in equine dentistry. From an anatomic perspective, an irregular occlusal surface, prominent cingula, transverse ridges, and enamel points all contribute to the function, form, and longevity of the equine cheek tooth. With limited reserve crown available and an average functional life range between 18 and 25 years, removal of tooth structure should be conservative.
Daytime and nocturnal activity in treated dogs with idiopathic epilepsy compared to matched unaffected controls.
Dogs with idiopathic epilepsy (IE) treated with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) had an 18% average lower baseline activity level compared to control dogs. The combination of phenobarbital and potassium bromide (KBr) was associated with an average 28% decrease in activity in dogs with IE compared to control dogs. Mean sleep scores were not significantly different in dogs with IE receiving AEDs compared to control dogs. However, higher dosages of KBr were associated with lower sleep scores.
Ear Mites: Uncovering, Treating, and Preventing Infestations
Female mites cement developing eggs to the epidermal lining of the ear canal; larvae hatch in a few days and molt through 2 nymphal stages to the next generation of adults. Ear mites feed on epithelial cells, exudate, and tissue fluid, but do not burrow. The entire life cycle takes less than 3 weeks.
Multimodal Pain Management for Canine Osteoarthritis
Weight control, medications, joint supplements, and physical rehabilitation are the main components of OA management. When selecting treatments, veterinarians should consider the efficacy, safety profile, mechanism of action, and patient response for each. Although not all dogs respond equally to all treatments, cooperation among all parties is vital to carry out an appropriate management program, and monitoring is essential to help with decision-making for further treatment.

Back Print Save Bookmark in my Browser Email this article to me. Top of Page. VSPN AOW : Decontamination of laundr...
Contact Us