If you work with wild rodents:
Normally, rodents raised in "clean" facilities are considered relatively free of
zoonotic diseases unless they have been experimentally or accidentally infected
with a human pathogen. All use of pathogenic organisms must be approved by
the Administrative Panel on Biosafety (APB). An APB representative can help you
decide on precautions to safeguard your health. For assistance, contact the
Biosafety Officer, 725-1473.
Note: those working with wild rodents should also be aware of possible allergic reactions.
These allergic reactions are often associated with cage cleaning due to the dust
hazards of bedding and surface contact with rodent urine proteins.
However, wild rodents pose additional concerns. Wild-caught animals may act as
carriers for such viruses as hantavirus and lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV)
depending on where they were captured. Additionally, each rodent species may
harbor their own range of bacterial diseases, such as tularemia and plague. These
animals may also have biting insect vectors who can act as a potential carrier of
disease (mouse to human transmission).
The following links describe some of the potential illnesses associated with
rodents and may be found on-line:
Bites or scratches involving these wild rodents or injuries from objects
contaminated with body fluids from wild rodents require immediate first aid and
Notify your supervisor!
During the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, call the Stanford University Occupational Health Center (SUOHC) at (650) 725-5111 for immediate phone triage and to schedule urgent drop-in appointment time. Directions and mapFor immediate life threatening injuries or when SUOHC is closed, go to the Stanford University Medical Center Emergency Department. Directions and map
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