Protecting Workers from Livestock and Poultry Wastewater and Sludge During and After Floods (CDC, USDA & NIOSH)

Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Livestock and
Poultry Wastewater and Sludge During and After Floods (CDC, USDA & NIOSH)

We all know how dangerous a flood can be, but do we ever consider what is in those flood waters may be just as dangerous as how high the flood rises?  This guidance article from the CDC, USDA and NIOSH is a fantastic guide for producers and farmers to protect themselves and those around them during flooding conditions.  Although, here in South Dakota we may not be impacted directly by Hurricanes we have been known to see flooding from winter snow/ice melting, heavy rains, and strong storm systems.  Take flooding seriously to protect people, animals, and the environment.

PURPOSE OF THIS GUIDANCE: To protect workers from illnesses and injuries associated with livestock
and poultry wastewater and sludge from animal feeding operations during and after floods.

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SD One Health Improves Human and Animal Health: Hand Sanitizer Stations given to every county 4H in SD

South Dakota One Health initiative of bridging the gaps between the interconnectedness of human and animal health recently did just that with a large donation of hand sanitizer stations to every county 4H office in South Dakota.  Sixty-two hand sanitizer stations were given to South Dakota 4H as a way to improve healthy interactions between animals and people.  Many people who attend 4H Achievement Days, county fairs, rodeo’s, animal shows, and youth development activities will benefit from having a hand sanitizing station available to decrease the transmission of harmful bacteria and viruses that can be transmitted through contact with animals and their surroundings.   The hand sanitizing stations serve also to protect the animals as they can share our susceptibility to some diseases.  Each station also came with a sign promoting proper handwashing and sanitizing when having contact with animals which will serve as a great reminder to practice healthy habits.

South Dakota One Health’s mission is to effectively communicate and share information regarding zoonotic disease and other public health issues among livestock producers, healthcare providers, and veterinarians in an effort to provide and maintain high quality healthcare to both human and animal populations in South Dakota. This has been done through multiple one day meetings that highlight the impacts of zoonotic disease and bring together people with a wide variety of expertise in animal and human health care.  It is estimated that at least 75% of emerging and re-emerging diseases are either zoonotic (spread between humans and animals) or vector-borne (carried from infected animals to others through insects); therefore, increasing the significance of SD One Health. The SD One Health website,, hosts all the meeting archives that include valuable information from regional experts.  It also houses blog articles, a directory of experts, and a disease index to further promote collaboration, awareness, and information.  They are all useful tools that address potential or existing risks that originate at the animal-human interface.

South Dakota One Health is funded by a Bush Foundation grant.  Partners of South Dakota One Health include SDSU Extension, South Dakota AHEC, Northeast SD AHEC, Yankton Rural AHEC, SD Animal Industry Board, SD Department of Health, and USD Sanford School of Medicine.  Please visit the SD One Health website at for more information.

New SD Department of Health Page: Preventing Illness Associated with Animal Contact

Take a look at the new webpage of resources designed to help people minimize the chance of illness associated with animals in public settings such as petting zoos and fairs!  Preventing Illness Associated with Animal Contact shows tips, downloadable posters, data, and resources that anyone can use.  These resources have been made available through the South Dakota Department of Health.

In addition, a lot of great information on the subject was covered at the most recent South Dakota One Health Seminar.  Visit the meeting site for links to the meeting presentations.


Feasting on Rural America: The Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

From The Rural Monitor
May 17, 2017
by Jenn Lukens

Part parasite and part predator, the tick has become one of the nation’s most harmful bugs. Overgrown, humid areas are prime real estate for these critters, making rural America more susceptible to their growing numbers and the diseases they carry.

Even with the paranoia they incite, ticks have managed to lie low, out of the spotlight. Not until recently has the national conversation started picking up speed as Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses have become the most prolific zoonotic diseases in our nation. Lyme disease, the most-reported of the 20+ tick-borne diseases in the United States, is estimated to infect around 300,000 people every year.


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