Animal Disposal Following an Emergency
Most states have their own guidelines on disposal of
dead animals, so people with questions regarding the specific situation in their
state are highly encouraged to contact local or state health and agricultural officials for
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any special health risks I need to be aware of when disposing of
The risk to humans from animal carcasses is low if proper precautions are
- Practice proper hand washing to prevent infection
with certain pathogens
that may be transmitted from farm animals, including Salmonella and E. coli.
- Secure all food sources and remove any animal
carcasses to avoid attracting rats.
- Wear insect repellant when outdoors. Emergencies such
as natural disasters may lead to more mosquitoes, which can carry disease.
People working to clean up areas containing swine or poultry carcasses
should take the following precautions:
- Wear protective clothing, including waterproof
gloves, waterproof boots, and protective eyewear (cover any open wounds).
- Use duct tape to seal tops of gloves and boots to
prevent water seepage.
- Wear respiratory protection-an N-95 respirator or
- If you smell hydrogen sulfide (a
rotten egg smell), get out of the building and call your county extension
- Clean and disinfect all clothing and boots after
handling carcass-contaminated materials.
- Wash work clothes separately from street clothes.
- Wash hands thoroughly before placing fingers in mouth
(nail biting, etc.).
- Shower and wash hair thoroughly after handling carcass-contaminated