Stay Healthy Around Animals
Interacting with animals at zoos and other animal exhibits can be fun and educational. But even the animals we see at the zoo can carry harmful germs that make us sick. Animals can spread harmful germs even if they’re healthy and look normal.
Stay healthy around animals by following these tips:
- Always wash your hands with soap and water right after visiting animals.
- Never eat, drink, or put anything in your mouth around animals.
- Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with weakened immune systems should be extra careful around animals.
If you work at a zoo or animal exhibit, check out the updated Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings.
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