Remember the importance of handwashing after touching animals and before eating when planning trips out to farms this spring.
The reminder is being issued by Wealden Council. Its environmental health team has been working with staff at these attractions to make sure families have a safe and enjoyable visit but the council says visitors need to be sensible too.
“All animals can carry a range of bacteria, but a few simple measures can help prevent infection in humans and any resulting health problems,” said Dr Jeremy Leach, public health manager for Wealden Council.
“Remember that bacteria are so tiny that they can't be seen, so to keep your family safe remember the following:
- Hand washing is really important especially after touching animals and before eating – warm water and soap is the best way to get your hands clean.
- Do not let children such their fingers or thumbs after touching farm gates, fences and other surfaces which may look clean. These can still have bacteria on – so again remember to wash your hands after touching them.
- do not let your children kiss the animals.
- Eat any food or picnics away from the animals in the specially marked food areas.
“If any member of your family has any signs or symptoms of illness (especially diarrhorea or vomiting) after visiting a farm, then take them to the doctors and explain they have recently been in contact with animals.
“These simple precautions can ensure that you and your family have safe and enjoyable farm visit.”