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HEALTH CONSULTATION

SALINE COUNTY LIBRARY,
LITTLE ROCK, SALINE COUNTY, ARKANSAS


CONCLUSION

  1. Exposure to the pigeon droppings did not pose a public health hazard (no apparent health hazard). The pigeon droppings were in a contained area until the original ceiling collapsed because of water damage and accumulation of pigeon feces. The library was closed to the public after the ceiling collapsed which isolated the library patrons from being exposed to the droppings. The library staff had minimal exposure to the disrupted droppings.


RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Keep the facility closed to personnel and the public until remediation is complete.

  2. Contract an environmental remediation firm familiar with the procedures of managing animal waste to clean-up the facility.

  3. Following remediation, do not re-open the facility until the results of the confirmation sampling for the absence of Cryptococcus and Histoplasma are received.


REFERENCES

  1. A Letter from Charles F. Fowler, PhD., CIH, Arkansas Department of Health to the Director of the Saline County Library dated 14 July 1998.

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