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With grand manors and gardens, quaint cottages and backwaters ancient woodland and rolling hills Stow-on-the-Wold has something to offer every visitor to this unique and picturesque town.
If you are visiting the local area with children you may wish to visit one of the may local petting farms and enjoy a fantastic day out in the beautiful Cotswold countryside surrounded by herds of farm animals and breeding flocks. It’s especially magical to see newborn lambs, ducks, chicks and rabbits at Easter and if you are blessed with perfect timing you may even get to see them hatch!
It’s not unusual for staff to encourage visitors to either feed or handle the livestock and not many can resist partaking in the experience. However, it’s important to keep in mind that illness can be linked to petting animals and that good hand hygiene is of paramount importance.
What are the risks of E-coli, Salmonella and Cryptosporidium bacteria?
All of these bacteria live in the gut of the animals so people can become infected from a farm setting mainly in two ways:
- either by touching the animals in the petting and feeding areas,
- or by coming into contact with animal droppings on contaminated surfaces around the farm.
These harmful bacteria can get accidentally passed to your mouth by putting hands on faces or fingers in mouths before having the opportunity to thoroughly wash them. It takes only a small number of bacteria to cause an infection. Cases of E-coli linked to farms are at their highest between the months of June and October.
At its mildest, E-coli leads to gastrointestinal illness which can be very unpleasant, but is usually self limiting as long as the patient does not become dehydrated. In serious cases it can be very serious indeed as can cause bloody diarrhoea and in cases among the elderly or pregnant be life threatening.
What can I do to minimise the risks?
It is important that visitors should regularly wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water and whilst hand sanitiser gels and wipes are convenient they are no substitute for soapy water.
It is the regulation that there are plenty of washing stations situated about petting farms and it is the owners responsibility to ensure that these are fully stocked with soap and that the taps and water supplies are in good working order.
If you have been infected you should make a claim in Stow-on-the-Wold?
If you have had the misfortune to have come away from a farm visit with more than happy memories and it’s due to the lack or washing facilities and if negligence can be proven then you may be entitled to make a claim in Stow-on-the-Wold.
When making a claim in Stow-on-the-Wold, we will work efficiently on your behalf and it won’t cost you any money to get your claim started. At Accident Advice Helplines a claim in Stow-on-the-Wold, or anywhere else in the UK, would be on a no-win, no-fee basis.
So call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993
Date Published: 14th January 2014
Author: David Brown