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.

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