WEST LAFAYETTE – Purdue Extension is warning people who attend 4-H fairs to remember safe practices for their health and for the health of the animals.
College of Health and Human Sciences Extension program leader Angie Abbott says animals have bacteria and germs that can make people sick. She says fairgoers can minimize the risk of becoming sick by limiting contact with animals and visits to barns. She says people at fairs also should wash their hands often with soap.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against taking food or drinks into animal areas. It also advises against taking toys, pacifiers, cups, baby bottles or strollers into livestock barns. It also warns that people who have been sick, women who are pregnant and people with chronic health issues should avoid livestock.