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Possible Leptospirosis Exposure

posted Dec 30, 2009, 10:14 PM by Adam Greenberg   [ updated Dec 30, 2009, 10:19 PM ]
OFPC has been made aware of an incident in New York State FD response area. The Town Animal Control Officer has come down with a disease called Leptospirosis. The Village Animal Control Officer who also operated at the same location went for medical base line information and multiple shots. This was due to an exposure from animal urine from infected animals. The home where this exposure took place is going under condemnation proceedings and the occupants of the home have been removed. The condition of the home has changed the response procedures to include adding a HazMat component to the response for any call at the residence along with mandatory PPE and SCBA. The thought is that due to the economy and the possible abandonment of animals in homes that are not taken care of that this may become more of an issue to emergency responders who have to operate in or around this type of residence. Attached is the CDC information that you may want to send out as an advisory.
 
Animal care organizations nationwide have reported an “up-tick” in the number of incidents involving abandoned pet animals.  This is likely due to the economy and the inability of people to properly care for pet animals.  Should you encounter a situation wherein pet animals appear to be neglected, not properly cared for, or abandoned, immediately institute the same Blood Borne Pathogens, and Body Substance Isolation precautions as you would for human contact.  Notify the appropriate animal control agency in your jurisdiction.
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Adam Greenberg,
Dec 30, 2009, 10:16 PM