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The OPH conducts investigations of disease outbreaks that occur in the National Park System. Supported by a medical epidemiologist, OPH staff work with park units to detect disease transmission, limit impact, investigate root causes, and utilize this information to improve visitor protection.

Diseases and Illnesses can be caused by Infectious Agents (Waterborne, Foodborne & Vectorborne) or Chemical and Environmental Agents.

Reference Manual 83G provides basic surveillance strategies for managing illness incidence occurring in visitor and employed populations.

Each year, dozens of infectious disease case reports and outbreaks occur at National Park Service (NPS) units among humans, wildlife species, or both. Responding to these events often requires collaboration across multiple NPS divisions and outside agencies; however, to date, a formal NPS mechanism for investigating such adverse health events has not existed.

To help address this crucial need, we are pleased to announce the formation of an NPS Disease Outbreak Investigation Team (DOIT) led by the NPS Office of Public Health and Natural Resource Program Center's Wildlife Management and Health Program. The multi-disciplinary team is rooted in the concept of One Health, which advocates cooperation between veterinary and human medicine to combat diseases that are shared between people and other animals to improve global health.

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General
Reference Manual Response
83G1 - General:
PDF
VRP-OPH:
PDF
Waterborne Infectious Agents
Reference Manual Norovirus
83G3 - Illness Reporting:
PDF
General:
HTML
Cryptosporidium
Response & Cleaning:
HTML
General:
HTML
Decontamination - Virox:
PDF
Giardia Pfiesteria
General:
HTML
General:
HTML
    Vibrio vulnificus
   
General:
HTML | TRI
Foodborne Infectious Agents
Reference Manual Norovirus
83G2 - Illness Reporting:
PDF
General:
HTML
E. coli
Response & Cleaning:
HTML
General:
HTML    
Zoonotic and Vectorborne Infectious Agents
Anthrax Mosquitoes
General:
HTML | PPT
Advisory:
HTML
Avian Influenza Plague
General:
HTML
NPS Manager's Reference Book:
PDF
Advisory:
PDF
Bats
Alert:
PDF
General:
HTML
Alert - Spanish:
PDF
Bed Bugs Rabies
General:
HTML
General:
HTML
Management:
HTML Tickborne Diseases
Dengue
General:
HTML
General:
HTML
Lyme:
HTML | PPT
Fleas
Tick Management:
PDF
General:
HTML
Advisory:
PDF
Hantavirus
Alert:
PDF
General:
HTML | PPT Viral Encephalitis
Guidelines:
HTML
General:
HTML
Camping:
HTML West Nile Virus
Rodent Proofing:
PDF (2.2MB) | PPT
General:
HTML
Safety:
PPT
Health Issues:
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Chemical and Environmental Agents
Avian Botulism Polycarbonate Plastic Water Bottles
General:
PDF
General:
PDF
Mercury in Fish Advisory Western Airborne Contaminants Assessment Project
General:
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General:
PDF
Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac Wildland Fire Smoke
General:
HTML
General:
PDF
Other
Hepatitis Vaccinations and Immunizations
General:
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General:
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Hobo Spiders    
General:
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