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OSHA updates avian flu webpage

Includes information on hygiene, housekeeping, and recommended precautions

Posted July 26, 2018

Commonly known as "avian flu" or "bird flu," avian influenza is a disease that can be transmitted from infected wild and domestic birds to people. While worker exposure to avian influenza viruses is rare, during a major outbreak, exposure to the virus may be more likely in certain workers.

OSHA’s recently updated avian influenza webpage provides information for workers and employers, including safety measures for workers who are:

  • Egg or poultry farmers or processors.
  • Pet shop employees, veterinarians, or zookeepers.
  • Research laboratory employees.
  • Food service employees who handle raw poultry.

The webpage includes information on hand hygiene and good housekeeping, as well as recommended precautions, such as personal protective equipment, for higher-risk occupations.

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