Cases of intestinal illness associated with contact with animals peak in spring and summer.
This coincides with school holidays when visits to petting farms are popular.
You should take extreme precautions when dealing with petting animals especially where children are involved.
If you are responsible for a business premises and are planning an open day you should let the Public Health and Licensing Group know.
We can give advice and information to reduce the risk of an outbreak.
An Information sheet is available through the Health and Safety Executive.
More information is also available on zoonotic diseases (infectious diseases that can be transmitted by animals to humans).
A leaflet is also available with advice on how to reduce the risk of infection during farm visits.
Operators should be aware of the industry code of practice on preventing or controlling ill health from animal contact visitor attractions.