Thursday, January 09, 2014

Horse Manure on Hiking Trails: A Nonissue - Full Article

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · December 23, 2013

With humans and horses sharing use of trails in parks and on national lands, a question has arisen in the minds of some hikers. As they dodge piles of manure, should they be concerned about any possible health impacts? Apparently not, according to information on the website of the Equine Land Conservation Resource.

An article on the site refers to several studies that have found no evidence of a threat to the health of humans who encounter horse manure while hiking. While feces from dogs, cats, or other domestic pets can be a reservoir for transmission of various infections like toxoplasmosis, equine waste is virtually free of the types of microorganisms that can infect humans. Parasites that infect horses are not a threat to humans, so parasite eggs that may be contained in horse manure are not dangerous to hikers...

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