Animals can carry germs that can make people sick. If you follow these tips, you and your family can enjoy your visit without worrying about getting sick.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after touching the animals. If a hand sanitizer or hand rub is available instead of running water, use it. Do not use baby wipes instead of washing your hands, as they do not kill some germs.
  • Wash your hands before eating.
  • Do not eat or drink while touching the animals.
  • Keep your hands away from your face or mouth unless you know they are clean.
  • Do not drink unpasteurized milk. This is milk that has not been heated to a proper temperature

Visit the doctor if you become sick with unusual diarrhea or diarrhea with blood in it.

Source: Middlesex-London Health Unit Executive Summary from “An E.coli O157:H7 Outbreak Associated with an Animal Exhibit”.

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