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American Society for Microbiology Emphasizes Hand Hygiene As Flu Protective Measure

As H1N1 influenza A (swine flu) spreads, keeping hands clean is one of the most important ways to prevent infection and illness. “Frequent handwashing is probably the single most effective and simplest intervention you can do to protect yourself and your family,” according to Dr. Judy Daly, spokesperson for the American Society for Microbiology.

“Influenza A viruses, of which swine flu is one, are fragile viruses that can be easily destroyed through proper hygiene, including use of soap and water and alcohol-based hand sanitizers,” says Daly, Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories, Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City.
 
 

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