Please make soap and water available to all guests so they can wash up after touching the animals and moving on to other activities. Hand washing is the number one way to prevent illness and should be practiced even after petting the family dog! Baby wipes and sanitizing gels are recommended by some health departments when soap and water are not available but are not as good as soap and water.
We have never had an instance of infection from our petting zoos (and there have been no e.coli outbreaks from petting zoos anywhere in the tri-state area in the last 20 years.)
There are occasional news reports of e. coli infections following visits to petting zoos. Invariably these infections are traced back to improper hand-washing and the presence of cows or calves in the petting zoo. Cows and calves are the number one shedders of e. coli bacteria. We do not have any cows or calves on our farm or in our petting zoos because of this.
More information on this issue can be found at the Centers for Disease control website about E. Coli & farm animals. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. If you have questions or concerns about insurance or animals health, please contact us.