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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.

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