Traveling to China? Avoid Chinese bird flu

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Thursday, 27 June, 2013

Rick Speare's June colomn in Medical Observer highlights that travelers to China and surrounding countries should take precautions against avian influenza H7N9. The column mentions T shirt masks. These can be made from T-shirt material (slightly elastic) and used instead of surgical masks. A good option for bearded men! They are also washable.

The T shirt mask was originally described by Dato et al (2006). Fit testing at JCU showed they were not as protective a P2/N95 masks, but these latter masks performed poorly anyway in most subjects (beards or not).

Reference
Dato VM, Hostler D, Hahn ME. Simple respiratory mask. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2006;12(6):1033-1034.

Image: Author wearing a T-shirt mask

Posted by Rick Speare