Animal Borne Diseases

Diseases of concern in the workplace

In Washington State there are a few diseases carried by insects (vector borne) and other animals (zoonotic) that pose a risk to workers. Click on the disease below to get information on that disease and what you can do to decrease the risk of exposure in the workplace.


Tick borne disease

(Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia)


West Nile Virus

Who is at risk for exposure to animal borne diseases

  1. Persons who work outdoors or frequently come into contact with wild animals.
  2. Persons who work with animal borne disease agents or work with animals in the laboratory setting. See below for resources on laboratory safety.

Regulation & Policy

Where exposure to animal borne diseases has been recognized as a hazard in your workplace the hazard should be included in your overall accident prevention program.


The following resources provide additional information on vector borne and zoonotic diseases:

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