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Zoonoses associated with petting farms and open zoos

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Stirling, Jonathan, Griffith, Michael, Dooley, James, Goldsmith, Colin E., Loughrey, Anne, Lowery, Colm, McClurg, Robert, McCorry, Kieran, McDowell, David, McMahon, Ann, Millar, B. Cherie, Rao, Juluri, Rooney, Paul J., Snelling, William J., Matsuda, Motoo and Moore, John E. (2008) Zoonoses associated with petting farms and open zoos. VECTOR-BORNE AND ZOONOTIC DISEASES, 8 (1). pp. 85-92. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2006.0639

Abstract

The popularity of open farms and petting zoos has increased markedly over the last 5 years, with most children in developed countries now having the opportunity to visit such a facility at some stage in their childhood, either through school or family visits. The open access policy of these establishments allows visitors to be in direct contact with animals such as sheep (lambs), goats, cats (kittens), dogs (puppies), and birds and to have the opportunity to feed such animals. This contact may lead to the transmission of microbial pathogens from animals to humans, e.g., Escherichia coli O157:H7, resulting in human disease. This review outlines the causal organisms associated with such zoonoses, a description of previous outbreaks at farms and zoos, as well as infection control measures to help prevent such zoonotic infections.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
ID Code:3804
Deposited By:Professor James Dooley
Deposited On:06 Jan 2010 09:47
Last Modified:17 May 2012 11:28

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