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  1. Hoarding of animals : An under-recognized public health problem in a difficult-to-study population.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective

    The objective of this study was to better characterize the problem of hoarding, or pathological collecting, of animals.

    Methods

    The author summarized data from a convenience sample of 54 case reports from 10 animal control agencies and humane societies across the country.

    Results

    The majority (76%) of hoarders were female, and 46% were 60 years of age or older.

    About half of the hoarders lived in single-person households.

    The animals most frequently involved were cats, dogs, farm animals, and birds.

    The median number of animals per case was 39, but there were four cases of more than 100 animals in a household.

    In 80% of cases animals were reportedly found dead or in poor condition, Prevalence estimates extrapolated from these data range from 700 to 2000 U.S. cases annually.

    Conclusions

    Public health authorities should recognize that animal hoarding may be a sentinel for mental health problems or dementia, which merit serious assessment and prompt intervention.

    Improved cooperation between humane societies and public c health authorit es could facilitate the resolution of animal hoarding cases.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme, Amassement, Compulsion, Prévalence, Surveillance sanitaire, Epidémiologie, Animal, Collection, Transmission animal homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United States, North America, America, Human, Hoarding, Compulsion, Prevalence, Sanitary surveillance, Epidemiology, Animal, Collection, Transmission from animal to man

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0126853

    Code Inist : 002B30A02B. Création : 16/11/1999.