Thursday, April 18, 2024

CDC Protection Advice & PPE Recommendations For Working With Farm Animals



Yesterday we looked at recommendations for protective gear to be worn by veterinarians handling potentially infected cats (see CDC Guidance for Veterinarians: Evaluating & Handling Cats Potentially Exposed to HPAI H5N1),and today we have recommendations from the CDC for PPEs for farm workers who may be in contact with infected animals, or their environment. 

I'm no farmer, but I have to wonder how practical donning & doffing PPE, and trying to work with farm animals in the summer heat while wearing this kind of attire, really is.  

But practicalities aside, it is important that people understand there are heightened risks right now.

Hopefully guidance like this will convince people it is worth taking extra precautions when working in potentially contaminated environments.