Primary Presenter: Charlotte Halverson BSN, COHN-S, Occupational Health Nurse, AgriSafe Network
Additional Author: Carolyn Sheridan, BSN, Clinical Director, AgriSafe Network
Learning Objectives: At the completion of this training, participants will be able to:
1. Define zoonotic disease and identify modes of transmission
2. Identify a minimum of four significant zoonotic diseases affecting the production agriculture population
3. Discuss warning signs and symptoms of major zoonotic diseases
4. Locate a minimum of three recommended resources for use in educational program
Abstract: According to the World Health Organization, at least 61% of all human pathogens are zoonotic and have represented 75% of all emerging pathogens during the past decade. Farmers and farm workers have higher levels of risk for contracting zoonotic diseases because of the frequency of their exposure to animals. It is important for rural clinicians, as well as individuals involved in production agriculture and related businesses, to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the most common zoonotic diseases. Prevention is the best defense. Understanding how the disease transmission process works, building a team, and effectively communicating within that team are essential in preventing the spread of zoonotic disease.
A major factor in diagnosis and treatment is an early awareness of exposures and potential contact with infected animals. This presentation will address disease classifications, and host species. It will provide reference charts for use in identification of signs and symptoms of animal borne infections. In addition, the presentation will cover reporting expectations of local and state authorities: health department staff, hospital and clinic based care providers, veterinarians, etc.
Special Note: This presentation is based on an OSHA approved 60 minute course (including a 10 minute discussion time) and would be appropriate for one hour of CEU credit based on Iowa Board of Nursing requirements.
A/V needed: LCD Projector/Laptop
Panel discussion, 60 minutes