posted on Nov, 30 2004 @ 01:16 AM
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
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.