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Avian Zoonotic Diseases: 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 for handling avian species, the USGS National Wildlife Health Center presented a 90-min seminar titled ‘Avian 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. Avian zoonotic diseases to be discussed are salmonellosis, chlamydiosis, histoplasmosis, West Nile virus, Newcastle Disease, and avian influenza.

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