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General public health considerations for responding to animal hoarding cases.

Authors
Castrodale-L; Bellay-YM; Brown-CM; Cantor-FL; Gibbins-JD; Headrick-ML; Leslie-MJ; MacMahon-K; O'Quin-JM; Patronek-GJ; Silva-RA; Wright-JC; Yu-DT
Source
J Environ Health 2010 Mar; 72(7):14-18
NIOSHTIC No.
20036533
Abstract
Animal hoarding is an under-recognized problem that exists in most communities and adversely impacts the health, welfare, and safety of humans, animals, and the environment. These guidelines address public health and worker safety concerns in handling situations where animal hoarding or other dense concentrations of animals have caused unhealthy and unsafe conditions. Because animal hoarding situations are often complex, a full response is likely to be prolonged and require a cross-jurisdictional multiagency effort. Each animal hoarding case has unique circumstances related to the types and numbers of animals involved, the physical structure(s) where they are being kept, and the health status of the animals, among other factors that must be taken into account in planning a response. Some general public health considerations and associated recommendations for personal protective equipment use are presented that apply to all cases, however.
Keywords
Animals; Environmental-contamination; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-health; Exposure-assessment; Public-health; Sanitation; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Protective-equipment; Protective-clothing; Lighting; Police-officers; Emergency-responders
Contact
Louisa Castrodale, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Alaska Division of Public Health, 3601 CSt., Suite 540, Anchorage, AK 99503
CODEN
JEVHAH
Publication Date
20100301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
louisa.castrodale@alaska.gov
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0022-0892
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS; EID
Priority Area
Services; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Source Name
Journal of Environmental Health
State
AK; OH
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