It’s about to be fair time! Carnival rides, animals, cotton candy, hamburgers with fried onions and lots of germs!! Except for the germs these are all things people go to the fair to enjoy. The germs that fl ow around the fair however could be hazardous to ones health. But there is one thing you can do to prevent those germs from hurting your good time – Wash your hands!
Think about all the places and things your hands touch at a fair. Various seats and bars on carnival rides, carnival games, your clothing that has brushed up against animals, or fences or barn doors, hands of children that have stumbled down in the dirt, or a visit to the piglets to pet them, are only a few places where your hands can pick up those nasty germs that can make you ill.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of bacteria or germs that can cause illness. They also report that more than one third of the outbreaks of foodborne illnesses are due to poor personal hygiene and hand washing. In a study conducted by the American Society of Microbiology, 6,000 adults were observed in public restrooms in five cities. Only 68 percent of them washed their hands after using the toilet, although 94 percent of them said they always wash their hands after using the restroom.
Besides washing after using the restroom there are many other times that one should be washing their hands. How about after visiting the animals? Animal exhibits, such as riding the ponies or llamas, and petting the rabbits, attract adults and children alike. Animals carry disease and pathogenic bacteria in their intestinal tracts that can make people sick. Even if you cannot see animal waste, it is still possible that a microscopic bacterium is present on the surface of the animal or flying in the air.