Health Workers Didn't Take H1N1 Flu Precautions

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

The first study of U.S. health care workers with H1N1 flu found many didn't do enough to protect themselves against the virus.

Researchers focused on 13 nurses and other health care workers who were likely infected at work. Only half always wore gloves. Even fewer routinely wore other protection around patients who might have the virus.

Early in the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said health care workers should wear gloves, gowns, eye protection and respirator masks when dealing with patients suspected of having H1N1 flu. The CDC also advised sick workers to stay home.

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