Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fair Encourages Hand-Washing When Visiting Livestock Areas

The Amador County Fair wants to remind Fair visitors how important it is to take advantage of the hand-washing stations that are provided in the livestock areas as well as public restrooms after visiting any of the barns and animals. The Fair community was saddened to hear of the recent death of a child who developed an E. coli infection following a visit to the San Diego Del Mar Fair’s petting zoo. The spread of some forms of E. coli, a bacterium found in the intestines of animals, can cause severe illness but can be prevented with simple hand-washing.

In addition to hand-washing stations and signs to remind visitors, CEO Troy Bowers said there will be no food allowed in the Livestock area and suggests that families do not take strollers into the barns.

“We want everyone to benefit from the agricultural experience of the Fair and learning about our farm animals. Sometimes in the excitement we forget to wash our hands before eating.” he said.

More information on E. coli from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found at www.cdc.gov/ecoli/general.



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