Disease Prevention

 

Wildlife rehabilitators are trained in avoiding contracting illnesses from another species, called zoonoses.  We use thick leather gloves when handling most wildlife, and also use vinyl gloves.  We wash our hands with warm soapy water and even use disinfecting wipes and bleach on everything, including us!

 

List of carriers

A partial list of animals that are found in the wild that can carry zoonotic infectious organisms is below. Xenozoonosis is zoonosis transmitted by xenotransplantation (transplantation between species).

  • Humans
  • Assassin bugs
  • Bats
  • Bank voles
  • Birds
  • Cats
  • Cattle
  • Dogs
  • Fish
  • Fleas
  • Foxes
  • Flies
  • Geese
  • Goats
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Lice
  • Mice
  • Mosquitos
  • Opossums
  • Pigs
  • Rabbits and hares
  • Raccoons
  • Rodents
  • Sheep
  • Snails
  • Ticks
  • Wolves