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Getting a Grip on Infectious Diseases

New manual helps shelters battle a common problem

Maybe you can’t banish every single infectious particle that drifts into your shelter, but you can take steps to contain them.

That’s one of the messages in Maddie’s Infection Control Manual for Animal Shelters, a handbook for veterinarians and veterinary students recently published by Iowa State University’s Center for Food Security and Public Health, with support from Maddie’s Fund.

Written by a host of experts and edited by veterinarians Christine A. Petersen, Glenda Dvorak, and Anna Rovid Spickler, the book lays out the principles of infection control for animal shelters, then devotes chapters to “Disinfection 101” and the development of policies and protocols to battle infectious diseases. Each chapter includes a shelter scenario illustrating a real-life dilemma in infection control.

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