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Subject: Hantavirus


From: Miranda Martin <miranda.martin>
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2002
As Walter noted, there has been DistList activity on this subject in
the past, but I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate
Mary Ballard's comments from January of 1998.  Because of the health
implications of hantavirus, and other similar concerns such as
histoplasmosis, carried in pigeon droppings, and molds, you should
call in a certified industrial hygienist with experience dealing
with your particular concerns to evaluate your situation.  Federal
institutions such as the NPS have access to the Federal Occupational
Health program, a branch of HHS as well as private firms.  Always
ask if the staff have specific background in your problem.
Industrial hygienists specialize just conservators do, and a firm
that works in asbestos or lead abatement will not be of much
assistance to you.

Miranda Martin
National Preservation Program Officer
National Archives and Records Administration

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:74
                    Distributed: Friday, May 3, 2002
                       Message Id: cdl-15-74-002
Received on Thursday, 25 April, 2002

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