Information for Animal Venue Operators - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Information for Animal Venue Operators

In recent years, intestinal disease associated with venues where the public has contact with farm animals (e.g., petting zoos, state or county fairs, educational farms) has been identified with increasing frequency. Minnesota is no exception to this trend.

On this page:
National prevention recommendations
Recommendations for specific species
Posters for public venues
Consultation

National prevention recommendations

Specific national prevention recommendations have been developed for specific species or settings.

Recommendations for specific species

Reptiles:

  • We recommend that reptiles not be displayed in petting zoos.
    • At fairs and petting zoos children under 5 years of age should not be permitted to enter the pen with the animals.
  • Specific recommendations for the prevention of reptile-associated salmonellosis have been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chicks, ducklings, and other young fowl:

  • We recommend that chicks, ducklings, and other young fowl not be displayed in petting zoos.
    • At fairs and petting zoos children under 5 years of age should not be permitted to enter the pen with the animals.
  • Specific recommendations for the prevention of salmonellosis associated with chicks and ducklings have been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Calves:

  • We recommend that calves not be displayed in petting zoos.
    • At fairs and petting zoos children under 5 years of age should not be permitted to enter the pen with the animals.
  • As demonstrated by the outbreaks associated with educational programs in Minnesota, it is extremely difficult to prevent infections in children who have close, prolonged contact with young calves.
  • A detailed and comprehensive prevention plan should be created before such a program is undertaken.

Posters for public venues

MDH has developed free educational posters for animal exhibit operators.

Consultation

The MDH Foodborne, Vectorborne, and Zoonotic Diseases Unit is happy to consult on prevention plans for educational programs; we can be reached at 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414.

Updated Thursday, 14-Feb-2019 07:32:57 CST