Navigation Links
Good Hygiene Does Slow Spread of Pandemic Flu
Date:5/14/2010

But more studies needed to develop a complete strategy to thwart transmission

FRIDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- Simple steps, such as hand washing and covering the mouth, could prove helpful in reducing pandemic flu transmission, experts say.

However, in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, a University of Michigan study team cautions that more research is needed to assess the true effectiveness of so called "non-pharmaceutical interventions" aimed at slowing the spread of pandemic flu.

Such measures include those not based on vaccines or antiviral treatments.

On an individual level, these measures can include frequent washing of the hands with soap, wearing a facemask and/or covering the mouth while coughing or sneezing, and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

On a broader, community-based level, other influenza-containment measures can include school closings, the restriction of public gatherings, and the promotion of home-based work schedules, the researchers noted.

"The recent influenza A (H1N1) pandemic may provide us with an opportunity to address many research gaps and ultimately create a broad, comprehensive strategy for pandemic mitigation," lead author Allison E. Aiello, of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, said in a news release. "However, the emergence of this pandemic in 2009 demonstrated that there are still more questions than answers."

She added: "More research is urgently needed."

The call for more investigation into the potential benefit of non-pharmaceutical interventions stems from a fresh analysis of 11 prior studies funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and conducted between 2007 and 2009.

The current review found that the public adopted some protective measures more readily than others. Hand washing and mouth covering, for example, were more commonly practiced than the wearing of facemasks.

However, overall, the analysis did uncover evidence suggesting that better coughing etiquette, assorted hygienic measures, and crowd control do collectively reduce influenza risk.

Nevertheless, Aiello's team said that to get a more accurate handle on the effectiveness of such interventions, new larger studies now need to be launched over longer time frames. Such investigations should also be designed around uniform benchmarks, the research team said.

More information

For more on infection risk and prevention, visit PreventInfection.org.



-- Alan Mozes



SOURCE: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, news release, April 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Zvetco Biometrics Delivers Needed Authentication for New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
2. Do health care professionals perform hand hygiene? UI has an app for that
3. Study finds face masks and hand hygiene can help limit influenzas spread
4. PGI To Invest in Nonwovens Technology in U.S. and Asia to Serve Hygiene and Healthcare Markets
5. Tips on Decreasing Susceptibility to the H1N1 Virus - Optimum Oral Hygiene Can Prevent Flu
6. Duty of Care - New Driving Legislation Could Put You in Court! UKContractHireandLeasing spread the word on these new regulations
7. Top Researcher Writes on Autism for Britannica; Baron-Cohen, Others, Report on Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Widespread Condition
8. Potentially Lethal Airborne Fungus May Spread to California
9. Vaccine Stops Tumor Spread in Mice
10. Routine breast cancer biopsy might predict lymph node cancer spread
11. Genome Sequencing Reveals How Breast Cancer Spreads
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/30/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... April 30, 2016 , ... “Aging well is a challenge for all of us, but there ... NCMA’s Dr. Parul T. Kohli . “Research is showing more and more that there are ... of disease and disability as we age.” Top priorities Dr. Kohli’s recommends for her patients include;, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Since launching its annual volunteer campaign on ... footwear industry, has broken all previous participation records in its first two weeks ... during the months of April and May, the 2016 Footwear Cares initiative is ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... The American workforce ... stability, even security. Most importantly, employees are the single most important asset in ... workers so unhappy? , Just under half of American workers are emotionally checked ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... A new study by a ... diaphragmatic hernia have better survival rates if surgery is performed early. Approximately one ... the diaphragm fails to form completely, letting abdominal organs into the chest cavity ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Canadian Celiac Association (CCA), is pleased to announce the launch of the ... nutritional articles, recipes, and more. The purpose of the GFCP Scoop ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... 27 Avril 2016   ... de +5% sur le trimestre, soutenu par une ... Croissance de +16% des ventes aux ... Mauna Kea Technologies (Euronext : MKEA, FR0010609263 ; OTCQX : MKEAY), ... annonce aujourd,hui son chiffre d,affaires pour le premier ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... , April 27, 2016 Transparency ... "Skincare Devices Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, ... the report, the global skincare devices market was valued ... to expand at a CAGR of 10.1% from 2015 ... Browse the full Skincare Devices Market (Treatment Device ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... Kan. , April 27, 2016  Bayer ... , a senior from the University of Florida ... of the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award (BECA). ... schools, which were awarded a total of $70,000 ... the last four years, Bayer has provided a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: