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Date:10/1/2009

luded 446 nurses at eight hospitals in Ontario, Canada, who were randomly assigned last fall to wear either a surgical mask (225 nurses) or a fitted respirator (221 nurses), which they were to use when caring for patients with respiratory illness and fever. Flu infection occurred in 50 nurses (23.6 percent) in the surgical mask group and in 48 (22.9 percent) in the respirator group, the study found.

"Surgical masks had an estimated efficacy within 1 percent of N95 respirators," the study authors wrote, adding that the finding could be significant because respirators could be in short supply during a pandemic.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about seasonal flu.



-- HealthDay staff



SOURCES: Oct. 2, 2009, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Oct. 1, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association, online; Associated Press


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