Take precautions for agricultural, animal-handling activities

May 21, 2015

EDMONTON – As agricultural and animal-handling activities pick up around the province, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is encouraging all Albertans to take precautions – and make them part of their routines – to protect from diseases (such as E. coli, salmonella and campylobacter) that can easily be transmitted from animals to humans.

Wash hands, thoroughly and often:

To reduce risk of transmission of disease from animals to humans (which is most often spread through animal feces), be sure you and your family always wash your hands:

If eyes are splashed with animal fluids, rinse eyes immediately and thoroughly.

Handle unprocessed animal products wisely:

Unprocessed animal products – such as eggs, wool and manure – may also pose risk of illness.

If handling these unprocessed products, always:

Wear the gear:

Protective gear is generally not “all-purpose.” When working outdoors, with animals or in agriculture, wearing the right gear and using it properly can greatly reduce your risk of illness.

Seek help:

If you develop health concerns after being exposed to animals and/or unprocessed animal products, and/or work in agriculture, visit your family doctor and be sure to mention the animal and/or agriculture exposures.

Health Link Alberta is also available, 24/7, at 811.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.