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Article: Face masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: a systematic review

TitleFace masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: a systematic review
Authors
KeywordsInfectious disease control
Infectious disease epidemiology
Influenza
Public health
Issue Date2010
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=HYG
Citation
Epidemiology And Infection, 2010, v. 138 n. 4, p. 449-456 How to Cite?
AbstractInfluenza viruses circulate around the world every year. From time to time new strains emerge and cause global pandemics. Many national and international health agencies recommended the use of face masks during the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. We reviewed the English-language literature on this subject to inform public health preparedness. There is some evidence to support the wearing of masks or respirators during illness to protect others, and public health emphasis on mask wearing during illness may help to reduce influenza virus transmission. There are fewer data to support the use of masks or respirators to prevent becoming infected. Further studies in controlled settings and studies of natural infections in healthcare and community settings are required to better define the effectiveness of face masks and respirators in preventing influenza virus transmission. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/86552
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 2.515
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.320
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Funding AgencyGrant Number
Area of Excellence Scheme of the Hong Kong UniversityAoE/M-12/06
Funding Information:

We thank Lincoln Lau for technical assistance. This work was supported by the Area of Excellence Scheme of the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (grant no. AoE/M-12/06). The funding body was not involved in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, the writing of the manuscript, or the decision to submit for publication.

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dc.contributor.authorIp, DKMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, GMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorAiello, AEen_HK
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dc.identifier.citationEpidemiology And Infection, 2010, v. 138 n. 4, p. 449-456en_HK
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dc.description.abstractInfluenza viruses circulate around the world every year. From time to time new strains emerge and cause global pandemics. Many national and international health agencies recommended the use of face masks during the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic. We reviewed the English-language literature on this subject to inform public health preparedness. There is some evidence to support the wearing of masks or respirators during illness to protect others, and public health emphasis on mask wearing during illness may help to reduce influenza virus transmission. There are fewer data to support the use of masks or respirators to prevent becoming infected. Further studies in controlled settings and studies of natural infections in healthcare and community settings are required to better define the effectiveness of face masks and respirators in preventing influenza virus transmission. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2010.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=HYGen_HK
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong Licenseen_HK
dc.subjectInfectious disease controlen_HK
dc.subjectInfectious disease epidemiologyen_HK
dc.subjectInfluenzaen_HK
dc.subjectPublic healthen_HK
dc.subject.meshInfection Control - methods-
dc.subject.meshInfectious Disease Transmission, Vertical - prevention and control-
dc.subject.meshInfluenza, Human - epidemiology - prevention and control - transmission-
dc.subject.meshMasks - utilization-
dc.subject.meshRespiratory Protective Devices - utilization-
dc.titleFace masks to prevent transmission of influenza virus: a systematic reviewen_HK
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dc.relation.projectControl of Pandemic and Inter-pandemic Influenza-
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