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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-93-1121-2530, The State of North Dakota Department of Health and Consolidated Laboratories, Bismark, North Dakota.

Authors
Krake-AM; Connon-CL; Gomez-TM
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 93-1121-2530, 1995 Sep; :1-25
NIOSHTIC No.
00230682
Abstract
In response to a request from the North Dakota State Department of Health and Consolidated Laboratories, Division of Disease Control the potential occupational transmission of anthrax among livestock workers during an anthrax outbreak was investigated. Medical evaluations of farmers from livestock farms (SIC-0291) with anthrax outbreaks and from neighboring farms were conducted and environmental evaluations examining work practices, farm conditions, and soil, water, bedding and feed contamination were performed. No confirmed cases of human anthrax infection were documented; however, ten potentially exposed individuals received antibiotic treatment. Two of four soil samples cultured positive for Bacillus-anthracis as did one mixed sample of used bedding and soil. The farmers reported inconsistent hazard control procedures and a lack of knowledge about safe handling of potentially hazardous infected animals and carcasses. The authors recommend that improvements be made in the education of livestock producers regarding the potential for anthrax infection and in treatment and handling of potentially infected livestock, soil, and contaminated personal protective equipment.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-93-1121-2530; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-8; Cattle; Livestock-industry; Infectious-diseases; Disease-control; Disease-transmission; Bacterial-disease; Animal-husbandry; Veterinary-medicine;
Publication Date
19950901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
HETA-93-1121-2530
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
291
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
ND; OH
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