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Biosecurity in shelters

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Abstract

In the context of shelters, biosecurity refers to all the efforts made to control the incursion and spread of infectious disease. This chapter covers external and internal influences on biosecurity, principles of outbreak management, staff and volunteer training in biosecurity, the relationship between stress and disease, and management of specific populations. A brief overview of disinfectants.

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9.2 Double-sided dog housing with good ventilation, impervious surfaces, solid barriers between kennels and a covered external trench drain. (© E Newbury and courtesy of Dogs Trust)
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9.3 Passive ventilation achieved through open-fronted housing units and window grates. Note the dedicated, colour-coded equipment for each cat pen and the covered external trench drain. (Courtesy of Cats Protection)
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9.4 Some shelter environments are impossible to fully disinfect, such as this outdoor area with grass. (© E Newbury and courtesy of Dogs Trust)
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9.6 Using disposable items such as cardboard litter trays can help to minimize fomite spread. (Courtesy of Cats Protection)
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9.7 Colour coding of equipment is especially vital in high-risk areas such as quarantine. (© E Newbury and courtesy of Dogs Trust)
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9.8 Personal protective equipment for a high-level barrier nursing environment includes (a) disposable overalls, sleeve protectors, gloves and shoe covers and (b) should be stored separately. (a, courtesy of Cats Protection; b, © E Newbury and courtesy of Dogs Trust)
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9.9 Visitor hygiene needs to be reviewed during an outbreak. (© E Newbury and courtesy of Dogs Trust)
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9.12 It is important to change the personal protective equipment (PPE) between the handling of different litters. (© E Newbury and courtesy of Dogs Trust)
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9.13 (a) A play area that is easy to disinfect. (b) A play area that is less easy to disinfect. (© E Newbury and courtesy of Dogs Trust)

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