Certain venues, such as state fairs, petting zoos, and pet stores, allow public contact with animals, resulting in potential exposure to infectious diseases, rabies, and injuries. This report presents recommendations to public health officials, animal handlers, and visitors to such venues on minimizing these risks. Created: 7/6/2007 by MMWR.
Date Released: 7/6/2007. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Wash Your Hands If You Pet That Bunny
Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with
Animals in Public Settings, 2007
July 6, 2007
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
safer, healthier people.
Most of us have fond memories of petting zoos, animals in our classrooms, or
other close encounters with unusual animals. We probably learned valuable
lessons from those experiences, but did you know that animals can carry germs
that can make people sick? To keep children – and ourselves – safe
or injury, it’s important to follow these recommendations: wash hands thoroughly
with soap and water right after visiting an animal area; don’t eat, drink,
things in your mouth while visiting an animal exhibit; and approach contact with
animals cautiously. Children should be closely supervised and people at greater
risk of illness, like pregnant women or older people, should be especially careful
at animal exhibits.
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