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CDC: Hand sanitizers no match for soap and water

March 07, 2011
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WASHINGTON — Thorough handwashing with soap and running water is a more proven method of preventing the transmission of the norovirus than alcohol-based and other hand sanitizing methods, according to a press release.

In its report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that long-term care facilities, nursing homes and hospitals are the most commonly reported settings of a norovirus outbreak in the U.S., the release noted.

Outbreaks can last longer in these places and be more severe than outbreaks among otherwise healthy populations: Hand hygiene is likely the most effective method of preventing the spread of norovirus, the release stated.

According to the release, handwashing with soap and running water has been demonstrated to reduce the presence of norovirus in finger-pad studies.

Alcohol-based sanitizers, however, did not appreciably reduce the presence of viral RNA, the release added.

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