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Health care providers may be at greater risk of flu exposure
Date:1/31/2013

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The Wake Forest Baptist researchers discovered that the majority of influenza virus in the air samples tested was found in small particles during routine care up to 6 feet from the patient's head. These small particles can float in the air for hours and travel relatively long distances, Bischoff said. In addition, the smaller virus particles more readily penetrate the non-fitted protective masks.

Further studies are needed to establish person-to-person transmission of influenza and to determine if "super emitters" actually spread the flu to more people, Bischoff said.


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Contact: Marguerite Beck
marbeck@wakehealth.edu
336-716-2415
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
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