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Would antibacterial gel and cleaners really do any good to control swine flu?

According to Lisa Horn, communications coordinator of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, handwashing is the most important way to stop the transmission of many diseases, including swine flu. However, if soap and water are not available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with an alcohol content of at least 60 percent. It is important to know that because sanitizers don’t kill all germs — for example, cryptosporidium — washing hands with soap and water is always the preferred method.


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