Cleaning Up Human and Animal Feces


Something that unites the entire animal kingdom is feces. Yes, that’s right, all animal species poop. As silly as that sounds, fecal matter can be a dangerous thing. Cleaning up any species’ fecal matter should be handled with specialized care. Many know that feces are dirty but it’s important to know why it could be deadly.

Human fecal matter contains dangerous bacteria and viruses that can causes serious health problems. Illnesses caused by feces are E. coli, salmonella, Hepatitis “A”,  Rotavirus. The list of illnesses due to fecal matter is pretty long and the names are even harder to pronounce. Here is a list of names of the different illnesses due to fecal contamination.

E. Coli


Shigella spp

Clostridium difficile

Hepatitis “A”




Animal fecal matter can cause another long list of illnesses. Below is a list of commonly known illness associated with exposure to animal feces or urine. 

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome


Lymphocytic Chorio-Meningitis Virus



There are three ways a person can be exposed to fecal contamination: 

1)    Dermal (skin) - fecal contamination gets into breaks in the skin, ie. cuts, abrasions, punctures, rashes or accumulation under the fingernail beds. Splashes in the eyes, nose or mouth can be absorbed into the body.


2)    Inhalation (breath) - airborne contamination from the aerosolization of wet or dried fecal matter.


3)    Ingestion (eat) - pathogens can be transferred from a surface by hand-to-mouth contact and splashes into the mouth.

It is important people truly understand the dangers in fecal matter so if you are ever faced with the unfortunate task of cleaning it up, you know what dangers lie ahead. Contacting a company that is certified in biohazard remediation, specializing in fecal decontamination is the first step to returning your property to a safe and hazard free environment. 


Bio-One® technicians are trained and certified in biohazard and environmental decontamination, such as blood, bodily fluids, human and animal feces/urine cleanup.  We service communities throughout West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. Contact us at:


(304) 308-0794


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