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Zoonotic disease risks for immunocompromised and other high-risk clients and staff: promoting safe pet ownership and contact

By J. W. Stull, K. B. Stevenson

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Abstract

Pets can be a source of disease (zoonoses) for humans. The disease risks associated with pet contact are highest among young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and immunocompromised hosts. These individuals and household members display limited knowledge of pet-associated disease, rarely recall receipt of pet-associated disease information, and report pet ownership practices that are often at odds with established disease prevention recommendations. Veterinary staff are in a key position to promote safe pet ownership and contact practices. Encouraging and safeguarding client disclosure of immunocompromising health conditions and promoting veterinarian-physician communications are critical for effectively providing this service.

Publication Title Veterinary Clinics of North America, Small Animal Practice
Volume 45
Issue 2
Pages 377-392
ISBN/ISSN 0195-5616
Language English
Author Address Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, 1920 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210, USA.jason.stull@cvm.osu.edu
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Tags
  1. Animal hospitals
  2. Animals
  3. Canidae
  4. Canine
  5. Carnivores
  6. Cats
  7. Children
  8. Dogs
  9. hospital personnel
  10. Humans
  11. Hygiene
  12. Immunocompromised hosts
  13. Infectious diseases
  14. Mammals
  15. Men
  16. North America
  17. Older adults
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. Pets and companion animals
  20. pregnancy
  21. Primates
  22. risk
  23. risk factors
  24. United States of America
  25. vertebrates
  26. Women
  27. Zoonoses
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