Saturday, October 31, 2009

Doctors say Halloween candy bowls could spread H1N1

The Canadian Press

"Children wearing Halloween masks receive candies and sweets during the 'Trick or Treat' tradition at a subdivision in Manila's Makati city on Friday Oct. 31, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Bullit Marquez)
CALGARY — There may be something more frightening than ghosts and goblins this Halloween -- but with a little extra care it shouldn't be too scary.
Doctors say parties or communal candy bowls could contribute to the spread of the H1N1 flu.
But they also say with a little common sense children and parents should be able to avoid the virus.
Doctor Anne Matlow, at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, says first and foremost -- kids who are not feeling well should stay home.
They should also avoid eating anything that is not wrapped.
Children should also be cautious about reaching into a bowl to pull out treats, because a virus on one child's hand could end up on the candy and picked up by another one.
But handwashing or using hand sanitizer can cut down the risk.
And after the night is done and the loot collected -- sort through the candies -- and wash your hands."


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