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Posted by: Fact finder | 2004/11/14

Zoonotic diseases applicable to abattoir workers

Can you please provide me with a list of zoonotic diseases applicable to abattoir workers and some case studies if possible.

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Just about any zoonoses prevalent in livestock and poultry would be applicable to abattoir workers. Some examples: Anthrax, Brucellosis, Leptospirosis, Yersiniosis, Q fever, Ringworm, Cryptosporidiosis, Orf, Congo Fever. One case study that comes to mind is that of abattoir workers in Oudtshoorn contracting congo fever from ostriches.

I don’t know if you’re looking for examples outside of SA. If so, there was a study that showed that abattoir workers could be exposed to neural tissue when splitting cattle carcasses, and thus were at risk during outbreaks of BSE. In 1999/2000, abattoir workers in Singapore contracted Nipah virus from pigs.

Please keep checking this posting – I’ll be adding more info. (I’ve been rather pre-occipied with sharks lately!)

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