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Guidelines for Investigation of Zoonotic Disease

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Transmission of zoonotic infections may occur in a number of settings, ranging from indirect contact through food or drinking water to direct occupational exposure on farms, during leisure pursuits or from pets.

This document seeks to clarify the roles and responsibilities of different organisations with respect to zoonotic incidents and outlines how they should best work together in different situations, for example through routine information reporting, formal liaison and outbreak investigations, to ensure a common approach.

Zoonoses Guidelines April 2009 addendum May 2014 (PDF, 1.1 MB)

The above guideline is intended for all those likely to be involved in the management of zoonotic incidents in England, including Health Protection teams, local authorities, Primary Care Trusts, the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, private veterinary surgeons and private veterinary laboratories.

May 2014: The document is being revised, but in the meantime can still be followed as the principles of managing incidents remain unchanged.

Other guidelines:

June 2012:  Guidance on Preventing or controlling ill health from animal contact at visitor attractions [external link].  The purpose of this Code of Practice is to help ensure visitor health and safety by providing sensible, practical and proportionate guidance on preventing or controlling ill health at visitor attractions.

25 May 2011: Managing Zoonotic Risk in Zoos and Wildlife Parks (BIAZA, external link to PDF)