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Publisher’s Platform: Ban Petting Zoos?

I can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth over such an un-American suggestion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the creation of yet another multiagency task force in North Carolina “to evaluate the preventive measures that were in place during the 2011 state fair and to identify additional interventions that could… Continue Reading

Dangers that Lurk from Pets and Petting Zoos

Hand washing is paramount after handling animals in public places, according to new guidelines on animal handling from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NAPHV). This month the association released updated recommendations on how to prevent the spread of disease from live animals to humans in public settings. The compendium of measures to curb… Continue Reading

EU Releases Report on Foodborne Illness

At least 45,000 illnesses and 32 deaths resulted from 5,332 outbreaks of contaminated food during 2008 in the European Union, a new report says. Those are among the findings of the recently published 2008 Annual Report on Zoonoses and Foodborne Outbreaks by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention… Continue Reading

Animal Exhibitors Should Heed CDC Guidelines

It’s time to add another entry on the list of outbreaks of bacterial pathogens linked to petting zoos and animal exhibits.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment announced that an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in January 2009 was linked to attendance at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.   The… Continue Reading