Animal Care Factsheets

DAR Factsheets

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Cilia-Associated Respiratory (CAR) Bacillus

Cilia-associated respiratory (CAR) bacillus is a recently identified pathogen of rats, mice and rabbits.

Cilia-Associate Respiratory Bacillus Factsheet60.05 KB
Guidelines for Genetic and Nomenclature of Rodents

Staff who produce rodents in university animal facilities should be familiar with basic concepts of rodent breeding systems, pedigree record keeping, and standard nomenclature.

Guidelines for Genetic and Nomenclature of Rodents51.8 KB
Mouse Hepatitis Virus (MHV)

 Mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) is probably the most important pathogen of laboratory mice.

Mouse Hepatitis Virus (MHV)70.62 KB
Mouse Parvoviruses (MPV and MMV)

There are two important parvoviruses of mice: minute virus of mice (MVM) and mouse parvovirus type-1 (MPV-1).

Mouse Parvoviruses (MPV and MMV)65.01 KB
Mouse Rotavirus (Epizootic Diarrhea of Infant Mice or EDIM)

Diarrhea in young laboratory mice is often caused by mouse rotavirus, also called epizootic diarrhea of infant mice.

Mouse Rotavirus (Epizootic Diarrhea of Infant Mice or EDIM)62.85 KB
Oxyuriasis (Pinworms)

Oxyuriasis (pinworms) are a persistent problem of well-managed animal colonies. Pinworms that commonly infect laboratory colonies include Syphacia muris, S. obvelata, and Aspiculuris tetraptera.

Oxyuriasis (Pinworms)62.85 KB
Pneumonia Virus of Mice (PVM)

Pneumonia virus of mice is a virus affecting the respiratory tracts of rats and mice. It is an ssRNA virus of the family Paramyxoviridae.

Pneumonia Virus of Mice (VPM)67.79 KB
Sendai Virus

Sendai virus (SV) is one of the most important respiratory pathogens of rats and mice. Hamsters can also be infected, but they do not show symptoms of disease. SV is an ssRNA virus from the family Paramyxoviridae, and multiple strains have been described.

Sendai Virus65.04 KB
Tyzzer's Disease

Clostridium piliforme is an obligate intracellular, spore-forming bacterium. In its vegetative form (within the host) it is a gram-negative, motile rod. Infectious spores are shed into the environment, where they can remain at room temperature for at least a year. Spores can be inactivated with heat, sodium hypochlorite, or peracetic acid.

Tyzzer's Disease63.67 KB

OHS Factsheets

Zoonoses

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Bovine Cryptosporidiosis

Details on Bovine Cryptosporidiosis: transmission and clinical signs

Bovine Cryptosporidiosis74.4 KB
Bovine Diseases

Factsheet exploring various bovine diseases.

Bovine Diseases192.05 KB
Bovine E. Coli O157:H7

Details about Bovine E. Coli O157:H7—transmission, clinical signs, and more.

Bovine E. Coli O157-H776.19 KB
Bovine Salmonellosis

Details on Bovine Salmonellosis—transmission and clinical signs

Bovine Salmonellosis71.55 KB
Camelid Anthrax

Factsheet exploring various camelid diseases.

Camelid Diseases103.45 KB
Caprine Diseases

Factsheet exploring various caprine diseases.

Caprine Diseases129.62 KB
Equine Diseases

Factsheet exploring various equine diseases.

Equine Diseases115.5 KB
Hantaviruses

Hantaviruses are a group of viruses carried by wild rodents. SNV and other “new world” hantaviruses can cause a disease in humans called hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

Hantaviruses36.94 KB
Ovine Diseases

Factsheet exploring various ovine diseases.

Ovine diseases159.93 KB
Porcine Diseases

Factsheet exploring various porcine diseases.

Porcine diseases132.2 KB
Poultry Diseases

Factsheet exploring various poultry diseases.

Poultry diseases106.34 KB
Rabies

Rabies is an invariably fatal, acute viral encephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord) caused by infection with rabies virus, a rhabdovirus of the genus Lyssavirus. Rabies is a disease primarily of animals.

Rabies Facts.pdf137.22 KB
Raccoon Roundworm

Description of roundworm in raccoons.

Raccoon Roundworm25.16 KB
Tetanus

Also known as “lockjaw,” tetanus is an acute disease induced by a toxin produced by the tetanus bacteria, Clostridium tetani, which grows without oxygen at the site of an injury.

Tetanus Facts.pdf204.75 KB
Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is a systemic disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii), a coccidian protozoan.

Toxoplasmosis_0.pdf151.9 KB
Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish

Description of zoonotic agents of concern in birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fish.

Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Fish45.62 KB
Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Bred for Research

Description of zoonotic agents of concern in dogs, cats, and ferrets bred for research.

Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets Bred for Research.pdf30.21 KB
Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Livestock

Description of zoonotic agents of concern in livestock.

Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Livestock33.69 KB
Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Rodents and Rabbits Bred for Research

Description of zoonotic agents of concern in rodents and rabbits bred for research.

Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Rodents and Rabbits Bred for Research15.93 KB
Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Wild Animals

Description of zoonotic agents of concern in wild animals.

Zoonotic Agents of Concern in Wild Animals35.59 KB

Safety and Health

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Animal Allergies

What animal allergies are—signs and more.

Animal Allergies.pdf155.09 KB
Bites, Scratches, and Kicks

By working with animals, you are at risk of being bitten, scratched, kicked, or even crushed.

Bites.pdf68.41 KB
Chemical Exposure

Faculty, students, and staff can be exposed to chemicals from a wide variety of sources, among them are research chemicals, cleaning and maintenance materials, and more.

Chemical Exposure_0.pdf101.43 KB
Compressed Gas Cylinder Safety

Compressed gases expose users to both chemical and physical hazards.

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Information for Immunocompromised Individuals and Pregnancy Women

Animal care and use personnel with certain health conditions may be at a significantly high risk of acquiring a zoonoses or an infection if he/she has a compromised immune system or is pregnant.

Information for Immunocompromised Individuals and Pregnant Women.pdf133.72 KB
Occupational Exposure to Hormones in Animal Facilities

Faculty, students, and staff can be exposed to hormones during the conduct of several routine agricultural practices.

Occupational Exposure to Hormones in Animal Facilities 2022.pdf109.06 KB
Occupational Exposure to Noise

Noise is one of the most pervasive problems in today’s occupational environment, causing gradual hearing loss in workers in a wide variety of occupations.

Occupational Noise 2016.pdf72.75 KB
Personal Hygiene

Good personal hygiene is important when working and caring for teaching and research animals.

Personal Hygiene_0.pdf127.47 KB
Recapping Needles

A guideline to avoid the recapping of needles where possible and techniques to follow if recapping is necessary.

Recapping Needles at an Agricultural Animal Facility.pdf139.25 KB
Respiratory Protection

All business units whose employees are required to wear a respirator must follow the UIUC Respiratory Protection Policy and implement their own respiratory protection program

Respiratory Protection 2015.pdf77.58 KB
Sharps

Materials that qualify as “sharps” are defined at the state level and shall be disposed of as potentially infectious medical waste (PIMW).

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Use of Tricaine Methane Sulfonate (MS-222)

Tricaine Methane Sulfonate (MS-222) is commonly used as an anesthetic and euthanasia agent for fish and other aquatic species.

Guidance for the Use of Tricaine Methane Sulfonate_0.pdf135.73 KB
Venomous Reptiles

Venomous reptiles are those snakes and lizards that can introduce venom into your bloodstream through a bite.

Venomous Reptile Facts.pdf188.19 KB
Wildlife Studies

Wildlife studies provide unique challenges with regard to occupational health and safety issues.

Conducting Wildlife Studies Safely.pdf119.99 KB
Wildlife Studies Risk Assessment Form

Risk assessment form concerning the activities in which researchers will be participating.

Field Work Risk Assessment.pdf195.28 KB
Working in Cold Temperatures

Workers who are exposed to extreme cold or work in cold environments may be at risk of cold stress.

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Working in Hot Temperatures

Workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments may be at risk of heat stress.

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