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SARS prevention measures are inadequate
TAIPEI - Masks and germicidal hand-washing liquids are necessary measures for SARS prevention. However, when the Guangdong Bureau of Quality and Technology Supervision did a spot-check of local SARS prevention products, they found the overall quality of the products to be substandard. For instance, only 36% of the commonly used masks were made of gauze that met filtering standards.
Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po newspaper reported that an assessment showed almost one-third of the masks in Guangdong failed up to four different tests. 36.8 % of the masks there tested positive for E. coli and other pathogenic bacteria. The twelve-layered masks made in Liuzhou City tested positive for E. coli, Staphylococcus Aureus and Hemolytic Streptococcus. In addition, most of the masks were not produced in certified factories and did not indicate whether they met the general standard for protection against infection.
The inspection also found that only 41.7% of the hand-washing liquids in six cities, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Foshan, met prescribed standards. Most of the hand-wash liquids were found to be only 60% effective in killing germs. The chamomile hand-washing liquid produced in Nanhai City was only 8.7% effective.
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