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Survey of wildlife rehabilitators on infection control and personal protective behaviors

Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin

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Abstract

Wildlife veterinarians and rehabilitators treat a number of wildlife species that can carry infectious and zoonotic diseases. These can rapidly spread within a facility and to the caregivers when adequate measures are not taken. Financial constraints and reduced access to laboratories often limit identification of disease etiology of many cases admitted into wildlife rehabilitation centers. A survey to investigate wildlife rehabilitator illness during the 2002 West Nile virus season indicated that many rehabilitators do not follow adequate protective measures in their facilities and may not seek medical care when disease symptoms arise or even linger. The recommended precautions and proper infection control measures for those handling and housing wildlife cases should be discussed between rehabilitators and their attending veterinarian(s).

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Survey of wildlife rehabilitators on infection control and personal protective behaviors
Series title:
Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin
Volume
23
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s):
National Wildlife Health Center
Description:
p. 42-46
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
42
Last page:
46
Number of Pages:
5