National Wildlife Health Center

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Zoonotic Diseases (Mammalian): Work Smart, Stay Safe

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avian zoontic diseases

Health and safety of personnel is an important concern throughout USGS. Field staff who often work with or around wildlife in various situations face a variety of risks. One risk in these situations is potential exposure to zoonotic diseases: diseases transmitted between animals and people. To provide information on potential risks and biosafety measures, the USGS National Wildlife Health Center presented a 90-min seminar titled ‘Mammalian Zoonotic Diseases: Work Smart, Stay Safe’.

This seminar is an update of one presented last spring. Topics covered include: Overview of basic disease concepts, common routes of disease exposure and biosafety recommendations. Mammalian zoonotic diseases to be discussed are rabies, plague, baylisascaris, tularemia, Hantavirus, Lyme disease, giardia and echinococcus.

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