Preventing Animal/Human Disease Transfer

Today I’m sharing a recent release from the Washington extension office about preventing disease transfer from animals to humans and vice versa. The information sheet was designed with dairy farmers in mind, but these tips would work for any type of animal. There have been a couple of studies lately linking livestock farming, especially hog farming, with MRSA (
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, bacteria that has become resistant to common antibiotics) so consider making a disease prevention plan if you don’t already have one. It’s especially important to wash your hands frequently, and to not eat near the animals. Taking time off every time you have a cold might not be possible, but if you have to work while sick wearing an antimicrobial mask can help prevent you from infecting anyone else.

Click on the link below to see the article by the Washington extension:

https://deohs.washington.edu/pnash/sites/deohs.washington.edu.pnash/files/documents/Rabinowitz_DairyHygiene_flierJUN16%28ENG%29_0.pdf?platform=hootsuite

Click here to see an example of antimicrobial masks:

https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/curad-antiviral-facemasks-10-masks/ID=prod6068615-product