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H1N1 Pandemic Precautions for Front Line Workers
Date:5/14/2009

communications during the influenza outbreak in April and May. He emphasized the importance of disease tracking programs and the need for simple but critical everyday hygiene measures such as vigorous hand washing with soap and water or alcohol gels for all citizens. For surface disinfection APUA recommends soap and water or use of bleach and alcohol antiseptics rather than those that contain antibacterial agents such as triclosan that could select for antibiotic resistance. Emphasis for front-line workers and the general public should be on the proven protections of good hygiene and hand washing and not on an unproven need for facemasks. Facemasks are currently only recommended for healthcare professionals with prolonged exposure to patients diagnosed with H1N1.

Dr. O'Brien cautioned against unnecessary or over use of antibiotics and antivirals, such over use leaves us without effective antiviral or antibiotic drugs when the need is greatest.

APUA is an international public health organization based in Boston with chapters in 61 countries; Dr. Stuart B. Levy is President of APUA and a Professor at Tufts Medical School. APUA's mission is to control drug resistance and preserve the power of antibiotics, through research and education worldwide. For more information please visit our website at www.APUA.org.


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