KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
LYNDEN, Wash. – As thousands visit the Northwest Washingtion Fair in Lynden this week, the Washington State Department of Health is warning families to practice safe hygiene around the animals.
Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Ron Wohrle says just being around these cute farm critters can expose you to other smaller, potentially-harmful critters.
He says kids under the age of five should be watched closely by a parent or other adult to make sure they don’t put their fingers or a pacifier in their mouths while interacting with the animals.
People should wash their hands thoroughly after seeing the animals.
If someone feels sick after visiting the animals at the fair and their symptoms worsen or do not go away in 24 hours, they should contact their doctor immediately.
An estimated half-million people in the U.S. get sick every year after visiting animals at a fair, petting zoo or other exhibit.