Posted in July 2014

Heath Considerations When Attending the Fair

Heath Considerations When Attending the Fair

Ron Barger

Langlade County Health Department

 

With the Langlade County Youth Fair just around the corner, I just wanted to take the time to point out some health safety reminders. When attending events where animals are being displayed or at events where you are in direct contact with animals, please take the time to sanitize you hands before and after you handle the animals or when entering and leaving the barns or areas where the animals are being kept. Various gastrointestinal illnesses can be acquired by unknowingly ingesting bacteria or other contaminants found in areas where animals are being kept. Common sense dictates that it is best practice to wash your hands before putting anything into your mouth (food, drink, fingers, pacifiers, etc), especially after handling or being around animals. It is also a good idea to leave baby strollers outside the barn areas and carry small children through the barn so they do not come into contact with animal waste or infected materials such as animal bedding. While it may sound a little gross to talk about such things, young children are the most likely individuals to become sick at these types of events.

With summer weather generally being hot and with the high humidity levels, it is also a good idea to keep hydrated and stay out of the sun. Use a high rated SPF sun screen to avoid overexposure and wear a hat to keep the sun off your face. Don’t push yourself too hard and take breaks. If you feel dizzy or weak, tell someone nearby that you do not feel well and then get out of the sun. Remember to drink plenty of fluids. Water is best.

I invite everyone to come out to the fair and see all the exhibits and animals. Have fun on the rides, watch the shows, enjoy the family friendly atmosphere, and be safe. We have a nice new animal pavilion and newly paved grounds that we can all take pride in. I want everyone that attends the fair to be safe and remember that a little common sense can go along way at preventing illness and keeping yourself and loved ones healthy.

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