WDH Warns of Potential Diseases at Fairs–Rodeos and Other Outdoor Venues

Written by on July 22, 2019

The Wyoming Department of Health wants residents to avoid bringing home illnesses from summer’s fun and traditional animal events and exhibits such as fairs–rodeos and petting zoos.
Courtney Smith, WDH epidemiologist, says diseases such as salmonella–E. coli–campylobacter and others can be picked up from contact with animals. She states–quote–“Every year we receive reports of diseases linked to animal-focused events. We want these occasions to remain enjoyable for everyone who attends.” End quote.
Symptoms from these illnesses typically include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Serious illnesses requiring hospitalization sometimes occur; children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.
Most of the germs that cause these illnesses can come from a small amount animal feces. So even if you or your child’s hand may appear clean–always wash them after touching live animals or coming into contact with any of the living areas where animals are kept.
WDH suggests washing your hands for at least 20 seconds and scrubbing under nails–if no hand washing station is available–a sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol is recommended.

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