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Enjoy your visit and staying safe
What to do when visiting a farm
Visiting a farm can be an enjoyable experience for everyone.
However, such visits can never be free from all risks. Farm animals, even those that look clean, carry infections that can be harmful to people.
The bacterial infection Escherichia coli (known as E.coli) is a particular health risk, especially for children under five.
When an animal is infected with E.coli the bacteria will be in the animals droppings and will be on the animalís body, fences and surfaces around the farm. Touching animals, fences and other surfaces can thus lead to infection, as you may pick up this bacteria and accidently pass them to your mouth. It only takes a small number of E.coli bacteria to cause infection.
Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after you have had contact with animals will reduce the risk of infection.
Please ensure that you know where the hand washing facilities are.
It is the responsibility of teachers, carers and parents to ensure children wash thoroughly and do not put their hands in their mouths whilst on the farm.