How do I prevent my clients from getting zoonotic infections?
Q. How do I prevent my clients from getting zoonotic infections?
Dwight D. Bowman
The short answer: You can't prevent all infections, says Dwight D. Bowman, MS, PhD, a professor of parasitology with the department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "If your client wants to eat sashimi at the local Japanese restaurant and gets an anisakid nematode or a trematode infection, it's out of your control. But you can educate clients to lessen their chances of certain types of zoonotic infections."
Here's a short list of steps you can take to help clients reduce their risks:
"A healthy pet will go a long way towards protecting clients," says Dr. Bowman. "If your clients like sushi, you probably won't talk them out of eating it. But you might be able to keep them from feeding it to their dogs and cats."