disease transmission, animal-to-human, zoonotic
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Fairs and achievement days allow opportunities for those not involved with farming and ranching to gain a greater understanding of animal agriculture in our state. However, exposure to animals in public settings can pose a risk of zoonotic (or animal-to-human) diseases. In the past, a number of human disease outbreaks have been associated with visitors to animal exhibits. Enteric (intestinal) diseases are the most commonly reported health risks associated with animals in these settings. Other conditions such as ringworm, external and internal parasitisms, and other bacterial, viral, or fungal infections are also a source of concern. Injuries from kicks and bites, allergies, and rabies exposures also have been reported from contact with animals in public settings.
Daly, Russ, "Reducing the Risk of Animal-to-Human Disease Transmission at Fairs, Achievement Days, and Petting Zoos" (2005). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 390.