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Pets and farm animals can both spread diseases to people, so if you are around them it is important to take precautions to keep yourself healthy. For information on staying healthy around animals, see HealthLinkBC File #61a The Role of Pets in Human Disease and HealthLinkBC File #61b Petting Zoo and Open Farm Visits. Washing your hands is the easiest way to help stop the spread of germs that cause illness. For tips on how to properly wash your hands, see HealthLinkBC File #85 Hand Washing for Parents and Children.
To learn more about other animal-related health concerns such as rabies and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), see our HealthLinkBC Files Environment - Recreation Awareness category.