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Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Apr 1;50(7):1011-4. doi: 10.1086/651159.

Surgical masks for protection of health care personnel against pandemic novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1)-2009: results from an observational study.

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  • 1Department of Infectious Diseases, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore. Brenda_Ang@ttsh.com.sg

Abstract

There is ongoing debate about the efficacy of surgical masks versus N95 respirators for protection against pandemic novel swine-origin influenza A (H1N1)-2009. Our hospital, which is designated to manage outbreaks of emerging infection, has robust surveillance systems to detect infection in staff. The incidence of pandemic H1N1-2009 remained low in staff with use of surgical masks.

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