Shared from a recent newsletter:
Since questions began to arise about the potential for pets to become ill from or spread the Ebola virus, the AVMA has convened and organized several working groups with the USDA, CDC, and other agencies and experts to help develop protocols about the Ebola virus and animals.
Today we have released two new documents to help you with issues related to pets and Ebola:
- The Checklist for Practicing Veterinarians is designed to help you determine how to proceed in the event you are confronted with a patient or client who has potentially been exposed to the Ebola virus. It is based on our understanding of the currently available science and will be updated as needed.
- The Pet Owner’s Guide to Ebola Exposure is a simple flowchart that you can use as a handout to provide basic guidance for clients. It is based on the “Interim Guidance for Public Health Officials on Pets of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) Contacts” developed by the AVMA and others in the Ebola working groups.
Both of these resources are available exclusively to AVMA members and can be found along with our other Ebola resources at www.avma.org/Ebola. In addition, we have made recent updates to our Ebola virus resources for veterinarians, FAQs, and other content at www.avma.org/Ebola. Resources on that page will continue to be updated with the latest information as soon as it becomes available.