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Document ID (ISN)106951
CIS number 07-960
ISBN(s) 0-7726-5629-0
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Title A hantavirus exposure control program for employers and workers
Bibliographic information Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, 2nd ed., 2006. iii, 17p.
Internet access http://www.worksafebc.com/publications/health_and_safety/by_topic/assets/pdf/hantavirus.pdf [in English]
Abstract Hantavirus infection is caused by a virus found in some field rodents in Canada and the United States. It is rarely transmitted to humans, but when it is, it can cause severe illness, even death. This booklet is intended for employers and workers who may come into contact with rodents or rodent droppings while at work, primarily in rural areas. Contents: definition of hantavirus, the diseases it causes, how it is transmitted and where it is most likely to be encountered; responsibilities of employers; exposure control plan; respiratory protection; good work practices.
Descriptors (primary) Canada; British Columbia; Hantavirus disease; agriculture; zoonoses; infectious diseases; virus diseases; rodents
Descriptors (secondary) responsibilities of employers; symptoms; safety guides; hazard evaluation; safe working methods; respiratory diseases
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceCanada; British Columbia
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Zoonoses
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Agriculture
Animal hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases