Household bleach kills feline viruses but there is a link between bleach and infections in children
I am just flagging this up, no more no less. A recent study published online in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine looked at 9000 children aged between six and twelve in Spain, Finland and the Netherlands. It is important to recognise that the study relied upon self reporting of the use of bleach and of illness. Therefore it may not be that accurate.
However, children from homes where bleach is used are more likely to have infections such as flu or tonsillitis, according to the study.
Bleach is the most effective way to kill feline viruses and therefore it is possible that a lot of cat owners use bleach to wipe down countertops or wash carriers and cages, litter trays et cetera.
Therefore, it may be of use to know about this study. The risk of a child having had one episode of flu in the previous year was 20% higher and recurring tonsillitis was 35% higher in homes where bleach was used. How can bleach increase the chances of a child getting a viral infection?
The researchers suggested that “the irritant properties of volatile or airborne compounds generated during the cleaning process may damage the lining of lung cells.”