Elections: hazardous to our health

One expert says handshakes and hugs between politicians and voters could spread H1N1

An election campaign might spread H1N1 across the country as politicians seeking support engage in door-to-door handshakes and dole out hugs at public rallies, warns Gerald Evans, president of the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada. To cut that risk, some MPs are considering new campaign rules such as no handshakes. More opportunistic MPs say they’ll use this chance to encourage voters to get vaccinated and practice proper hand-washing.

Toronto Sun