A zoonosis is any infectious disease (of bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic origin) that can be transmitted from wild or domestic animals to humans. The effects of the disease in the human host may range from mild to severe depending on the type of zoonotic agent and the health of the human, and may be more severe in immunosuppressed or immunocompromized individuals.
The IACUC and EHSS will determine the risk of exposure to zoonotic agents based on the species used and the type of contact as described in the protocol review form and appendices. The IACUC and/or EHSS will provide the PI and study personnel with information about likely zoonotic agents and methods to decrease risk of exposure.
However, the PI bears the ultimate responsibility for ensuring staff (including husbandry staff) know what risks are present, and for ensuring that appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is used.