MINOT, ND – Each year North Dakota experiences a spike in zoonotic disease during the summer months. These are diseases that can be transmitted between humans and animals.
Roosevelt Park Zoo takes several precautions to ensure that visitors and the animals they care for have a healthy and fun time.
“For the vast majority, all of our animals are vaccinated against anything humans can get from these animals,” said Logan Wood, veterinarian at the Roosevelt Park Zoo.
The North Dakota Department of Health has issued guidelines for people to follow at county fairs, petting zoos, and really any other place where people and animals cross paths.
“Don’t let children let these animals come near their mouths. Make sure children wash their hands very well after being around animals, ”said epidemiologist Laura Cronquist.
The main point they wanted to emphasize was cleaning your hands, which the zoo encourages you to do between petting or feeding the animals.
“We encourage you to bond with these animals and get to know these animals by touching them and feeding them and whatever you get to form that bond a little better,” Wood said.
They also practice preventive medicine and do fecal checks to find out if an animal is sick, so they can take extra precautions.
On the list of zoonotic diseases for which we have received figures, campylobacteriosis had the most infections in a month in 2020 with 30 cases in June.
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