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The role of facemasks and hand hygiene in the prevention of influenza transmission in households: results from a cluster randomised trial; Berlin, Germany, 2009-2011

  • Thorsten Suess1Email author,
  • Cornelius Remschmidt1,
  • Susanne B Schink1,
  • Brunhilde Schweiger2,
  • Andreas Nitsche3,
  • Kati Schroeder3,
  • Joerg Doellinger3,
  • Jeanette Milde2,
  • Walter Haas1,
  • Irina Koehler1,
  • Gérard Krause1 and
  • Udo Buchholz1
BMC Infectious Diseases201212:26

Received: 3 November 2011

Accepted: 26 January 2012

Published: 26 January 2012

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Original Submission
3 Nov 2011 Submitted Original manuscript
23 Nov 2011 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Benjamin Cowling
28 Nov 2011 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Holly Seale
12 Dec 2011 Author responded Author comments - Thorsten Suess
Resubmission - Version 2
12 Dec 2011 Submitted Manuscript version 2
26 Jan 2012 Editorially accepted
26 Jan 2012 Article published 10.1186/1471-2334-12-26

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute
National Reference Centre for Influenza, Robert Koch Institute
Centre for Biological Security, Division of Highly-Pathogenic Viruses (ZBS1), Robert Koch Institute