Species Specific Risks

Zoonoses are infectious diseases transmitted from animals to man through bites or scratches from infected animals and through handling the animals.  Most animals used in research do not pose a risk to people handling them because whenever possible, disease-free animals are used as research subjects.

Species-specific zoonotic diseases:

Prevention: Use proper handling techniques and personal hygiene practices.

  • Wash hands with soap and water after handling animals or their secretions and excretions
  • Replace gloves that have been compromised
  • Remove PPE when done with procedure taking care to not contaminate yourself, others, or surfaces
  • Dispose PPE immediately after use and in the correct receptacle