Are you Protecting Yourself?
Ten Tips to Help you Avoid Developing a Serious Zoonotic Illness:
- Stay current on appropriate vaccinations, such as tetanus. (Consult your doctor or health department to find out which vaccinations are appropriate.)
- Wash your hands frequently with soap, especially after handling any animal and prior to eating or smoking.
- Wear long pants and sturdy shoes or boots (no sandals or shorts).
- Wear gloves when changing litter pans, washing food and water dishes, or cleaning up feces, urine or vomit.
- Clean and disinfect scratches and bite wounds thoroughly.
- Don’t allow animals to lick your face or any wounds.
- Learn safe and humane animal-handling techniques and use proper equipment.
- Seek assistance when handling animals whose dispositions are questionable.
- Report any bites or injuries to your supervisor and to your primary health care practitioner.
- Tell your primary health care practitioner that you work closely with animals, and visit him or her regularly.