Prevalence of zoonotic agents in dogs visiting hospitalized people in Ontario: implications for infection control.

@article{Lefebvre2006PrevalenceOZ,
  title={Prevalence of zoonotic agents in dogs visiting hospitalized people in Ontario: implications for infection control.},
  author={Sandra L. Lefebvre and David Waltner-Toews and Andrew S. Peregrine and Richard Reid-Smith and Leslie K. Hodge and Luis Guillermo Arroyo and J. Scott Weese},
  journal={The Journal of hospital infection},
  year={2006},
  volume={62 4},
  pages={458-66}
}
Visitation of hospitalized people by dogs is becoming commonplace, but little is known about the potential health risks of introducing dogs to healthcare settings. This cross-sectional study evaluated the prevalence of zoonotic agents in a group of 102 visitation dogs from a variety of sources across Ontario. Between May and July 2004, owners were interviewed by a standardized questionnaire while dogs underwent a standardized physical examination. One specimen of faeces, hair-coat brushings and… CONTINUE READING
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