Re: tularemia on Martha's Vineyard

From:Amos Brooks <> (by way of histonet)

    I would just like to point out that 1) most of the road kill
comments were
not serious (cook pot ... come on!) and 2) veterinary labs and park
rangers do
deal with this on a daily basis. If one does end up doing this (crazy as
it may
be) they should be following the precautions that these labs follow and
normally on.
    I am not saying that this is the ideal nor even an advisable method
of tissue
procurement. I am saying that we deal with diseases daily and veterinary
deal with arthropod related diseases daily. So, don't be so horrified at
taking a dead cat off the road, and not so horrified at someone catching
a wild
cat, killing it them selves (aka putting it to sleep) and cutting it up
determine if it has rabies or some other illness.
    The only way the Martha's Vineyard area knew the Tularemia existed
testing the sick and dead animals.
    Sandi, I completely agree, better preparation would make things much
on those taking the test. If you ask anyone who has taken the test or
call the
ASCP itself they will tell you exactly what they might ask for even
before you
apply to take the exam. It would be wise to begin scavenging the local
even before you send in your application. If even slightly possible try
to go to
the hospital yourself and introduce yourself.. That way you aren't just
that pain
in the butt from so and so hospital with the tissue wish list.
Amos Brooks wrote:

> Thank you for the information you sent.
> Any way I am glad to see you posted this about roadkill , because the student
> that was ahead of me in the Histology program couldn't get a tissue and went
> and got a road kill animal. You know if someone needed tissue for boards and
> planned for the tissue as soon as they get there list, it wouldn't be a
> problem. I myself planned right away at local hospitals in two states ( Pa
> and Md ) that was very happy to assist me, including Johns Hopkins Hospital
> in Md. The person needs to call , write and  visit the hospitals personally
> and give them assistance in obtaining their tissue. I had a wonderful
> experience visiting 5 different hospitals, to which also lead to job offers.
> A student can't expect a hospital to deliver on a silver platter. Hospital's
> are so busy, but are always willing to help a student.The student has to go
> farther than just mailing or faxing a list to a hospital and expect them to
> jump and get the tissue for them. The student needed to offer to go to the
> place and label the containers , any thing to make this task easier for the
> lab.
> I in no way mean for this to offend any one, I just wanted to give some
> advice to other's obtain there tissues. One other thing remember to write a
> thank you note to the hospital's that help you, a thank you goes a long way.
> I am just glad Manuel shared the dangers in doing this.
> Thank you
> Sandi Miller HT
> USAMRICD Research
> Md

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