Monday, June 24, 2013

Have fun and stay healthy!

Ohio Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture officials reminded Ohioans this week to practice proper hygiene this summer when attending livestock exhibits.  "With fair season upon us, we want to remind folks that some illnesses, such as influenza viruses, are commonly carried by livestock and can be directly transmitted between animals and humans in the same way those illnesses are often transmitted between people," ODH Director Ted Wymyslo said in a release.  The agencies urged individuals to wash their hands before and after touching any animal, as well as to refrain from eating in animal areas. Pregnant women, young children and Ohioans with weak immune systems are encouraged to avoid animal areas, as well.

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