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CONCLUSIONS

  1. People who live around large quantities of bat wastes are more likely to become ill with histoplasmosis.

  2. People who contact mites that live in bat wastes may get skin rashes.

  3. Molds that grow in moist, warm, highly organic situations may increase asthma attacks in affected people.

  4. The disposal of bat wastes presents problems a) to workers who may inhale the Histoplasm spores, b) to home dwellers if dust is generated and filters into the living space, and c) to the home owner if the landfill operator refuses to accept untreated wastes.

RECOMMENDATIONS

      1. The homeowner should make sure the area that contains bat wastes is sealed from the living area by keeping doors closed and spaces sealed.

      2. Family members may wish to convey the information to their personal care physician so that they can include appropriate diagnostic procedures during checkups and advise preventive measures as necessary. If any member of the family develops symptoms of histoplasmosis, they should contact their doctor. They should tell him or her that they may have been exposed. The doctor can do a test to confirm whether the person has histoplasmosis. The patient needs specific types of medication to get over the condition. Without proper treatment their symptoms may become considerably worse.

      3. When removing bat wastes, workers should be sure to wear an approved protective mask and keep dust under control by wetting down surfaces or vacuuming the wastes. Workers should be sure to wash their clothing immediately after removal activities. Check with the landfill operator to make sure they will allow disposal of the material.

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