Rabies, salmonella, ringworm—these are all zoonotic diseases, which mean that they can jump from animals to people. Learn how to keep yourself, your staff, and your shelter safe.
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From the Magazine
The history of avian influenza is both frightening and fascinating. While the majority of the U.S. population is focused on the worst-case scenario'that the virus will mutate in a way that allows it to spread easily from human to human, causing a global pandemic'those involved in animal protection have reason for concern about even a milder outbreak.
Animal care and control officers who receive membership cards when they join the Kansas Animal Control Association will find more than simple proof that they're members'those cards contain information that could possibly save a life.
Veterinarian Kate Hurley reviews the basics of zoonotic disease, including some simple steps you can take to protect your environment, animals, and people from widespread infection.
Pre-exposure vaccinations are important, but they are only the first step in protecting yourself against the virus.
Shelters that handle any species affected by monkeypox need to take extra health-screening precautions with these and other animals entering their facilities.
Policies & Programs
The shelter medicine program at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine has a wealth of information on disease control, facility design, animal housing and many other topics.
Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2011