Animals carry disease-causing germs and can pass them to people through their feces. Animals carrying disease often have no signs of being sick and can continue to release or shed germs into the environment.
Improper hand hygiene is one of the main causes of disease outbreaks associated with animals in public places. Correct hand hygiene is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of disease.
Review correct hand-hygiene procedures with children, parents and adult supervisors:
Washing hands with liquid soap and water is the best way to reduce germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Sanitizers do not eliminate ALL types of germs — always wash hands with soap and water as soon as possible after being in animal areas.
If you are arranging to visit animals in a public place, make sure you have an appropriate amount of adult supervisors, including parents and staff.