HOWCAN FAMILIES AVOID INFECTIOUS DISEASES IN SPRINGTIME?
Newborn livestock carry many organisms (bugs) that can cause disease. During spring young children have contact with these new baby animals and there is an increased risk that the diseases will be transmitted to the child. Washing hands after playing with the baby animal will significantly reduce this risk.
Many farming families are well aware of the disease risks associated with everyday farming activities. Regular cleaning of farm equipment such as four wheelers and protective clothing such as overalls and gumboots reduces the risk of contamination.
Livestock are not the only animals to pose a risk. Farm dogs (ie working dogs) can pose a risk because children may not see a difference between the dog as a working dog and the dog as a pet.