Hand washing advice if visiting a farm
Parents are being reminded about the importance of making sure their children wash their hands properly after all outdoor activities, particularly after visiting the farm or farmyard settings. If they’ve been handling farm animals, simply washing hands in soap and water can help to avoid any potential illness.
Hand washing advice
Antibacterial gels and wipes are not a substitute for washing hands with soap and water. These gels or wipes may be unable to remove contamination in the way that running water can. However, using such gels after hand washing with soap and water may further reduce the risk of picking up these infections.
You can find out more about hand washing techniques at the page below:
Animals often carry a range of organisms which can be passed to children and adults. These organisms can include serious infections such as E. coli 0157. It is extremely infectious and easily passed from animals to children and then within the household.
Hand washing with soap and water will reduce the risk of picking up these infections, which can be particularly harmful to young children.
People can get infected with E. coli 0157 through:
- consuming contaminated food or drink
- handling contaminated animals or
- by contact with an environment contaminated with animal faeces
E. coli 0157 is very infectious, with only a few organisms capable of causing illness. The organisms produce toxins which damage the lining of the gut and cause:
- bloody diarrhoea
- abdominal pain
The toxins can also damage the kidneys, causing renal failure.