Fomite Exposure

Fomite exposure requires an inanimate object to carry a pathogen from one susceptible animal to another. Fomite exposure often involves a secondary route of exposure such as oral or direct contact for the pathogen to enter the host. Examples of fomites include contaminated vehicles, shovels, clothing, bowls/buckets, brushes, tack, and clippers.

Traffic Transmission

A subtype of fomite exposure, traffic transmission involves a vehicle, trailer, or human, which causes the spread of a pathogenic agent through contaminated tires, wheel wells, undercarriage, clothing, or shoes/boots by spreading organic material to another location.

Resources and Information

Practical Applications: Direct Contact and Fomite
These PowerPoint presentations outline specific practical measures to minimize the risk of direct contact and fomite transmitted diseases.
Beef:
[English PPT] [English Speaker Notes PDF]
[Spanish PPT] [Spanish Speaker Notes PDF]
Dairy:
[English PPT] [English Speaker Notes PDF]
[Spanish PPT] [Spanish Speaker Notes PDF]

Practical Applications: Oral and Fomite
These PowerPoint presentations outline specific practical measures to minimize the risk of oral and fomite transmitted diseases.
Beef:
[English PPT] [English Speaker Notes PDF]
[Spanish PPT] [Spanish Speaker Notes PDF]
Dairy:
[English PPT] [English Speaker Notes PDF]
[Spanish PPT] [Spanish Speaker Notes PDF]

Fomite Management
This document describes proper cleaning and disinfection procedures, lists various types of fomites and discusses how to clean different materials and describes characteristics of common disinfectants providing a guideline of when and how to use them.
[English PDF] [Spanish PDF]
Fomite Transmission

Resources by Exposure Route

Aerosol Transmission Direct Contact Transmission
Fomite Transmission Oral Transmission
Vector-Borne Transmission Zoonotic Transmission