5.2.4. What basic supplies do rabies surveillance personnel need in the field?

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- Items for data collection/recording:

  • Notebooks and pens
  • Digital camera for rapid recording of handwritten data (e.g. hospital and veterinary records).
  • Sample submission forms (click here for an example) and ziplock bags for sealing forms.

- Items for sample collection and shipping (see this section for sample collection protocols):

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  • Tool box containing the following items:
    • Personal safety: gloves, mask, goggles and overall.
    • Sampling equipment: large and small knives, scissors, forceps, drinking straws, scalpel blades and handles, large bottle (1-2 litres) for soaking instruments, spray bottle (350-500 ml) for disinfecting area and equipment, disinfectant and water bottle (5 litres).
    • Packaging: tubes containing 50% glycerine-saline, tubes containing 10% formalin, mailing containers, plastic ziplock bags, large carcass bags, marker pens and masking tape (for sealing tubes and bags).
    • Waste bags

- Mobile phones for easy communication.

- Handheld Global Positioning Satellite systems (GPSs) are useful for providing location data, but are not absolutely essential.

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