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H1N1 and hand cleansers

Published: December 25th, 2009

Revised: December 25th, 2009

The recent emergence of pandemic influenza caused by the H1N1 strain of influenza virus has prompted considerable public concern, and inspired many people to take steps to prevent their exposure to the virus. The use of hand sanitizers is not useful for the prevention of most influenza viruses (they are mostly transmitted through the air). However, recent evidence suggests that contact transmission may be an important means of transmission of the H1N1 strain. Recently, Dr. Scott gave an interview to Metro News on the subject.

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