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A study has found that inhalation of a salt-water aerosol can greatly reduce the exhalation of bacterial and viral particles which is how infectious diseases can spread. Interestingly, people who exhaled a large amount of particles showed a reduction of up to 72% but people who exhaled small amounts of particles to start with actually increased their exhaled by a small amount following the saline treatment. Thus, this treatment which is frequently used to control asthma, may be effective in reducing the spread of infectious disease in some people. Infectious diseases that are spread through exhalation of particles include measles, influenza, foot and mouth disease, chicken pox and bronchitis.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Associated Press
About: Salt-water aerosol may help spread of certain infectious diseases
Date: 29 November 2004
Source: Associated Press
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