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'Millions' more bird flu masks needed

Breaking Viral News: Australia

March 19, 2007
Bird Flu Update

Photo: The study says Australia does not have enough masks for hospital staff in a bird flu pandemic. (ABC TV

Stockpiles of special masks for hospital staff to wear while treating bird flu patients are likely to be inadequate and quickly run out in a pandemic, an Australian study suggests.
Insufficient stocks of protective wear will lead to more people becoming infected, depleting stockpiles of antiviral drugs sooner, it concludes.
The study, to be presented at the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases annual scientific meeting in Hobart this week, shows millions more of the high-filtration masks are needed, and an adequate supply will help reserve drugs for the ill.

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