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SCI/TECH: Could a Spray Stop the Spread of Flu, TB, SARS?

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posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 01:16 AM
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A simple, cost effective method may be available to combat SARS, influenza and tuberculosis. Simply spraying a saline solution into the nose using a device called a jet nebulizer, has been found by U.S./ and German researchers to cut the amount of germ bearing droplets in the nose by as much as 70 percent.
 



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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Simply inhaling a saltwater spray could help prevent the spread of diseases including flu and tuberculosis, U.S. and German researchers reported on Monday.

They found a saline spray, administered using a device called a jet nebulizer, reduced the number of germ-spreading droplets by as much as 70 percent for six hours.

The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could provide a way to help control epidemics such as the 2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome that spread globally and killed many health care workers trying to help patients.


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If this bears out it could be a great tool in the fight against these diseases. Cheap, effective and easy to use makes it ideal for third world countries or highly populated ones like China. The saline has a long shelf life as well and can easily be produced locally.




posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 12:10 PM
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This is a good tip FredT - thanks. ...Even here in the USA this is a good thing to know about.





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