Monitoring wolf diseases
NEW SECTION. Section 1. Monitoring wolf diseases.
With the assistance of the department of fish, wildlife and parks and
the state veterinarian, the department of public health and human
services shall develop and implement a program to detect, interdict and
assess the epidemiological consequences of diseases that may afflict or
may be carried by wolves and the actual and potential impact of wolves'
role in such diseases upon human health in the state. The program
implemented shall include:
NEW SECTION. Section 2. List of possible diseases.
Compilation of a list of those infectious organisms which may infect,
afflict or be carried by wolves, including but not limited to:
2. Brucella canis (Brucellosis);
3. Echinococcus granulosis, multiocularis (Hydatid Disease);
4. Yersinia pestis, (Plague);
5. Neospora sp., Toxocara sp., Sarcocystis sp. (Contagious protozoans);
6. Sarcoptes sp, Demodex sp., Cheyletiella sp. (Mange);
7. Francisella tularensis (Tularemia); and
8. Toxocara sp.(Round-worms).
NEW SECTION. Section 3. Diseases affecting humans. Compilation of a subset of that list in 1 of those infectious organisms that may infect or afflict humans;
NEW SECTION. Section 4. High risk categories.
Identification of high risk categories, vocations, occupations or
recreations of people who are more likely to have been exposed by
wolves to any of the infectious organisms listed under 2 above;
NEW SECTION. Section 5. High risk groups outreach. Develop an outreach program to alert people in categories in 3 to their potential exposure to the diseases in 2;
NEW SECTION. Section 6. Testing and data collection.
Develop a testing and data collection program to test significant
samples of people in 3 for diseases in 2 to determine the extent to
which people of the state are exposed to dangerous diseases or disease
organisms because of the presence of wolves in the state;
NEW SECTION. Section 7. Public health outreach.
Develop public outreach programs to inform the general public and
people in 3 of the potential danger of diseases in 2, and what any
person may do to avoid becoming infected or to access medical
assessment of possible infection;
NEW SECTION. Section 8. Medical outreach.
Develop an outreach program to the state medical community to inform
practitioners of the potential for infection of people by organisms in
2, symptoms to watch for, methods of detection, methods of treatment
and reporting requirements;
NEW SECTION. Section 9. Animal health outreach.
Develop an outreach program to the animal health practitioners and
monitors in the state to inform them of the potential for infection of
other animals, including livestock and pets, by organisms in 2,
symptoms to watch for, methods of detection, methods of treatment and
NEW SECTION. Section 10. Reporting standards.
Develop standardized reporting requirements for the medical community
and the animal health community to assure that data about existence of
infections of organisms in 2 are centrally reported and tracked; and
NEW SECTION. Section 11. Report results periodically. Report accomplishments and conclusions to the public and the legislature every six months.