Veterinary hospitals and animal care facilities face a variety of threats for the transmission (cross-contamination) of disease causing micro-organisms not only to other animals but also to its human care takers and visa- versa. The micro-organisms that cause diseases in animals frequently are more difficult to control than those generally found in human healthcare facilities.
Many people automatically think of rabies when considering animal- to- human disease. In fact the chances for a person to contract rabies in North America are very low. There are many other common diseases caused from animal contact such as cat scratch fever passed from felines, roundworms passed from small animals, psittacosis transmitted from pet birds and many others.
On the flip-side, humans can pass disease to animals. Examples include Staphylococcus aureus infections including the antibiotic strains such as MRSA, Streptococcus infections and even tuberculosis.
Then, there are those diseases that humans and animals share but are not transmitted amongst each other.
Finally, there are diseases that people think they can get from animals, however it just doesn’t happen. Examples include; feline AIDS; feline leukemia; canine parvovirus and the common cold to name a few.
The selection of a process to decontaminate environmental surfaces- such as cages and examination tables, equipment surfaces – such as operating room tables and instruments can be complex. Micro-Scientific® supplies products and systems to reduce the chances for cross-contamination.