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Zoonotic Disease and Pregnancy: A Deeper Dive
May 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Summary: Zoonotic Diseases are transmitted between farm animals and humans and can pose additional risks to those who are pregnant. According to the World Health Organization, more than half of all human pathogens are zoonotic and have represented nearly all emerging pathogens during the past decade. Farmers and farm workers have higher levels of risk for contracting zoonotic diseases because of the frequency of their exposure to animals. Prevention is the best defense. Understanding how the disease transmission process works, building a team and effectively communicating within that team are essential in preventing the spread of zoonotic disease. Women working in agriculture should be aware of the following special considerations during pregnancy; which animals are common carriers of zoonotic disease, symptoms of the disease(s), prevention measures, and pregnancy risks.
Objectives– At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
-Define zoonotic disease and identify various modes of transmission
-Identify a minimum of four significant zoonotic diseases affecting the production agricultural population
-Discuss warning signs and symptoms of major zoonotic diseases which have adverse effects for reproductive health
-Locate a minimum of three recommended educational resources for use in training an agricultural workforce
Intended Audience: Supervisor or Managers: This training is intended primarily for health and safety professionals including but not limited to owner/operators, safety officers or specialists, managers, supervisors, safety coordinators, health safety and environmental interns and any person or persons who serve as safety personnel in an agricultural setting.
Producers: This training is intended primarily for agricultural producers including but not limited to farmers, ranchers, and any person or persons involved in some combination of raising field crops, orchards, vineyards, horticulture, or other livestock.
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