Avian and Mammalian Zoonotic Disease Course Material

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To provide information on potential risks and biosafety measures, the USGS National Wildlife Health Center presented two seminars on the health and safety of field staff working with avian zoonotic diseases and mammalian zoonotic 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 two 90-minute seminars titled ‘Avian Zoonotic Diseases: Work Smart, Stay Safe’ and ‘Mammalian Zoonotic Diseases: Work Smart, Stay Safe’.

Avian Zoonotic Diseases

Topics covered include: Overview of basic disease concepts, common routes of disease exposure, and biosafety recommendations.

Avian zoonotic diseases to be discussed are salmonellosis, chlamydiosis, histoplasmosis, West Nile virus, Newcastle Disease, and avian influenza.

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Mammalian Zoonotic Diseases

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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