(Effective January 2007)
Please note the following procedures for addressing bird carcasses on the Tulane campus. Currently, there is no regulatory surveillance program in Orleans or St. Tammany parishes for West Nile Virus (WNV) or Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1) that involves collection and testing of dead birds.
Carcasses found on campus should be discarded in regular trash using Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. CDC recommends use of gloves or inverted double bag for picking up single dead birds.
Additional personal protective equipment may be warranted if collecting a large number of dead birds, if the dead birds are in a confined indoor space, the bird is in a wet environment or where splashing or aerosolization could occur. Please contact the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) for additional information where additional personal protective equipment is needed or see the CDC website www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/doh/aviansurveillance.htm#ic.
When collecting dead birds, the risk of infection from WNV, H5N1, or any other pathogen may be eliminated by avoiding contamination of mucous membranes, eyes, and skin by material from the birds. This can be accomplished by eliminating any direct contact with dead birds via use of the following safety precautions:
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