SOURCE: Communications Four

July 19, 2005 09:50 ET

Petting Zoo Safety

"Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer at Petting Zoos and Animal Exhibits"

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2005 -- Petting zoos are fun -- until your child becomes sick as the result of dangerous bacteria.

For young children, a trip to a petting zoo is a recreational and educational treat. With the rise in popularity of petting zoos, there's a potential for the rise of e-coli and salmonella infections, mostly as a result of people not washing their hands.

Taking the simple precautions of washing immediately after visiting a petting zoo and not preparing food with hands that have touched potentially infectious animals can make all the difference.

Dr. Jeanne Ellen Hyrciuk, MD, FCAP, talks about safeguarding against the hazards of disease-inducing bacteria by carefully supervising children, having people wash their hands after contact with petting zoo animals and looking out for signs of illness such as nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea or fever.

Sound on tape:

--  Jeanne Ellen Hryciuk, MD, FCAP / Pathologist
--  Children at petting zoo
--  Washing children's hands
--  Pathologists working in a lab
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