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Anubis Consulting encouraging ‘best practice’ hygiene guidance against avian flu

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With the number of cases of avian flu increasing across Europe, the concern over whether a human strain of the lethal H5N1 will emerge has become a grave concern for all.
Like humans and other species, birds are susceptible to flu. There are several types of bird flu, the most contagious strains, which are usually fatal in birds, are H5 and H7. The type currently causing concern is the deadly strain H5N1, which can prove fatal to humans.
Current evidence suggests that humans catch the disease through close contact with live infected birds. Birds excrete the virus in their faeces, which dry and become pulverised and are then inhaled.
It is not yet thought that the disease can be passed from human to human, however, the major worry is that the virus currently causing problems may mutate and become easily passed between humans, causing a potential pandemic with extremely high numbers of fatalities throughout the world.
As new cases emerge, the World Health Organisation (WHO) along with governmental bodies are monitoring and working to reduce the risk of the disease mutating into a human pandemic. Scientists are now working to create vaccines to control the spread and to ensure that everything possible is being done to harbour the disease and prevent it from mutating.
The virus is primarily airborne and is spread when people cough or sneeze, however, Sir Liam Donaldson, England’s Chief Medical Officer, has given the following basic measures which EVERYONE should take to reduce the risk of infection.
•   Cover your mouth and nose when you are coughing or sneezing, using a tissue wherever possible.
•   Dispose of dirty tissues promptly and carefully – bag and bin them.
•   Maintain good hygiene – washing hands frequently in approved and tested soap and water protects against picking the virus up from surfaces and passing it on.
•   Clean hard surfaces frequently, using an approved cleaning product.
Good hand hygiene alone will not prevent the spread of the disease due to the main route of transmission being through the air, but there is a range of evidence to suggest that the virus which causes ‘flu’ passes easily from hand to hand and hence people who wash their hands frequently are less likely to catch respiratory diseases.
Chemsol provides a range of products which can help sustain high levels of hand and surface hygiene, including soaps and sanitisers. However, just by implementing ‘best practice’ in hygiene largely based on the above points, the risk of infection from a number of viruses can be greatly reduced
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