Fall Festivals and Live Animals

Petting zoo and other animal event safe practices are important to protect your health.


Agricultural fairs are popular events at this time of the year. Many of these fairs have live animals and petting zoos. Both the young and the old like to view, feed and pet the animals.

When visiting animal areas, there are several things you
should KNOW.

Know that animals can carry germs.

Never eat, drink or put things in your mouth in animal areas. This
includes toys, pacifiers, “sippy” cups and baby bottles. It has always been
important to be sure to wash your hands after visiting petting zoos or touching farm animals.

Older adults, pregnant women and young children (less than 5 years old) should be extra careful around animal exhibits.

Wash your hands with soap and water when leaving the animal exhibit. Soap and water is preferred, but hand gel is acceptable if soap and water are not available, but hand gel does not remove visible dirt.

For more information, contact Qunnipiack Valley Health District at 203 248-4528 or request on line, www.qvhd.org

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