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Volume 15, Number 2—February 2009


Face Mask Use and Control of Respiratory Virus Transmission in Households

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Medscape, LLC is pleased to provide online continuing medical education (CME) for this journal article, allowing clinicians the opportunity to earn CME credit. Medscape, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide CME for physicians. Medscape, LLC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other clinicians completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. To participate in this journal CME activity: (1) review the learning objectives and author disclosures; (2) study the education content; (3) take the post-test and/or complete the evaluation at; (4) view/print certificate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

• List the nonpharmaceutical strategies that have been examined for respiratory infection control.

• Describe the type of study used to compare the use of face masks with no face masks for respiratory infection control.

• Identify the most frequent viral cause of influenza-like respiratory infection in children.

• Describe adherence to face mask use by adult household contacts of children with viral respiratory infection.

• Describe the efficacy of face mask use for preventing spread of influenza-like infection.


Beverly Merritt, Technical Writer-Editor, Emerging Infectious Diseases. Disclosure: Beverly Merritt has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd, Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, University of California, Orange; Director, Division of Faculty Development, UCI Medical Center, Orange, California. Disclosure: Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.


Disclosure: Simon Cauchemez, PhD; Dominic E. Dwyer, BSc(Med), MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA, MD; Holly Seale, BSc, PhD; Pamela Cheung, RN; Gary Browne, MBBS; James Wood, BSc, PhD; and Zhanhai Gao, BSc, MSc, PhD, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships. C. Raina MacIntyre, MBBS, FRACP, FAFPHM, M App Epid, PhD, has disclosed that she has received grants for clinical research from 3M. Michael Fasher, MBBS, PhD, has disclosed that he has received grants for educational activities from and has served as an advisor or consultant to GlaxoSmithKline. Robert Booy, MBBS, FRACP, FRCPCH, MSc, MD, has disclosed that he has received grants for clinical research and educational activities from, and has served as an advisor or consultant to, CSL, Roche, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, and Wyeth. All funding received is directed to a research account at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia, and is not personally accepted by Dr. Booy. Neil Ferguson, FmedSci, DPhi, has disclosed that he has served as an advisor or consultant to Crucell Inc.


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