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Wash hands after zoo trips

The petting zoo at the Children's Centre's Party on Moor Park

The petting zoo at the Children's Centre's Party on Moor Park

Families visiting petting zoos over the Easter break are being advised to keep their hands clean to stay healthy.

In the last 20 years, around 80 cases of cryptosporidium infection – a parasite found on anything contaminated with human or animal faeces which causes diarrhoea and stomach pains – have been reported to Public Health England each year.

Dr Ken Lamden, of PHE’s Cumbria and Lancashire Centre, said: “It’s important to remember that contact with farm animals carries a risk of infection because of the germs they carry.

“Anyone visiting a petting farm should be aware of the need to wash their hands thoroughly, using soap and water, after they have handled animals or been in their surroundings.”

 
 
 

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