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A study on wearing practice and improvement of personal protective equipment for participant handling livestock carcass infected with virulent avian infectious agents
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A study on wearing practice and improvement of personal protective equipment for participant handling livestock carcass infected with virulent avian infectious agents
Lee, Hyeyeoun; Lim, Ui-Hyoung; Kim, Jong Won; Kim, Won-Il; Kang, A-Rum; Lim, Chae Woong; Hong, Chul Un; Han, Jihyeon; Kang, Seog-Jin; Kim, Bumseok;
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This study was aimed to investigate factors that affected the status of wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) for handling poultry carcasses with potential exposure to virulent avian infectious agents. A large outbreak of high pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) occurred in South Korea in 2014. Many public officers participated for euthanizing and handling livestock carcass. However, several safety issues with using PPE were revealed. Therefore, a questionnaire survey was conducted for 340 people who participated euthanasia and carcass disposal in the place where HPAI mainly occurred in 2014. It was found that 31.8% of the respondents had ever taken off their protective equipment during operations because of its inconvenience. The most inconvenient PPE was goggles (54.6%), followed by mask (20.2%), latex gloves (11.6%), shoe covers (5.9%) and protective clothing (5.3%). The main complaints about this individual PPE was unclear sight, damp emitted toward eye, sweating, tearing easily and sweating, respectively. Considering such problems of PPE, new possible directions for improvement of gloves and goggles were suggested. With newly developed rubber coating fabric gloves and conventionally using latex and fabric gloves, H3N2 influenza virus transmission experiment was conducted. Rubber coating fabric gloves showed similar efficiency for blocking virus transmission with latex laboratory gloves and were not easily torn by sharp claws of chicken. In addition, air flow control safety eyewear was suggested to minimize moisture formation. The air flow control system efficiently suppressed moisture formation inside the goggles. Therefore our study will provide more specific directions about new PPE development for safety protection of actual wearers.
Virulent avian infectious disease;Personal protective equipment (PPE);Survey;Actual wearer;High pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI);
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