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Occupational health hazards in veterinary medicine: zoonoses and other biological hazards.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22851775     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study describes biological hazards reported by veterinarians working in western Canada obtained through a self-administered mailed questionnaire. The potential occupational hazards included as biological hazards were zoonotic disease events, exposure to rabies, injuries due to bites and scratches, and allergies. Only 16.7% (136/812) of responding veterinarians reported the occurrence of a zoonosis or exposure to rabies in the past 5 years; the most commonly reported event was ringworm. Most bites and scratches (86%) described by 586 veterinarians involved encounters with cats; 81% of the resulting 163 infections were due to cat bites or scratches. Approximately 38% of participants reported developing an allergy during their career, with 41% of the affected individuals altering the way they practiced in response to their allergy.
Tasha Epp; Cheryl Waldner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Canadian veterinary journal. La revue vétérinaire canadienne     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0008-5286     ISO Abbreviation:  Can. Vet. J.     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-01     Completed Date:  2012-10-04     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0004653     Medline TA:  Can Vet J     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  144-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, 52 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5B4, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Bites and Stings / complications
Canada / epidemiology
Hypersensitivity / epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
Occupational Health*
Veterinarians / statistics & numerical data
Veterinary Medicine
Wound Infection / epidemiology*
Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
Young Adult

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