Teresa wrote:Crockett wrote:Teresa wrote:Seem silly for me to do decon. Just in case? Case of what?
In case you pick up one of the uncountable number of OTHER microbes that could be carried from one unique fragile environment to another?
Not for WNS
For the CAVES
...But I just don't buy that caves are pristine self-contained environments to be visited only in hazmat suits or that humans are intruders there.
ek wrote:Did she recommend anything beyond the simple washing that was already highly recommended to maintain our gear in good condition?
Teresa wrote:Humans most certainly should do our part not to muck up the place more than necessary, and clean up messes we make as far as possible. But I just don't buy that caves are pristine self-contained environments to be visited only in hazmat suits or that humans are intruders there.
NZcaver wrote:Stringent WNS decontamination procedures aside, I'm still amazed at how many cavers I know who fail to clean their gear regularly - if at all.
Bill Putnam wrote:Seems like somebody around here suggested recently that cleaning and decontaminating your gear was the responsible thing to do. As I recall, he was roundly pummeled and thoroughly chastised for that heresy.
junkman wrote:This really needs to be stated again:
the current FWS protocols are someone's best guess that it will kill the fungus or spores.
and until there is some research to back them up, they will remain an educated guess.
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