[Zbrafish] Virkon?

Stephen H. Devoto via zbrafish%40net.bio.net (by sdevoto from wesleyan.edu)
Thu Apr 22 14:08:28 EST 2010

Our housing and crossing tanks are routinely washed in the cage washer  
that the animal facility uses to clean and sterilize the mice cages.  
During an upcoming two-week steam outage, when the water temperature  
will not reach 180F, the animal facility will be using a disinfectant  
called Virkon (http://www2.dupont.com/DAHS_EMEA/en_GB/products/disinfectants/virkon_s/index.html 
) to sterilize the mouse cages. The cages will then go through their  
normal wash cycle (except for its lower temperature).
Does anybody have any experience or knowledge with Virkon and aquatic  

While the steam is out, which of the following would you do?
*forego sterilization of crossing tanks and nets
*stop setting up crosses until the steam is back on line
*use the Virkon
Stephen H. Devoto, Associate Professor
Biology, Neuroscience and Behavior
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT  06459
office: (860) 685-3461	Lab: (860) 685-3206

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