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Effectiveness of handwashing in preventing SARS: a review.

This review examines data literature on the effectiveness of handwashing as an intervention against SARS transmission. Nine of 10 studies showed that handwashing was protective against SARS when comparing infected cases and non-infected controls, but only in 3 studies was this result statistically significant. There is reason to believe that this is because most of the studies were too small. The authors conclude that the evidence for the effectiveness of handwashing as a measure against SARS transmission in health care and community settings is suggestive, but not conclusive. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2006; 11 1749-1758.

Author: Chun-Hai Fung I, Cairncross S

Published: 01/01/2006

Publication Type: Journal article

Publisher: Tropical Medicine and International Health