Five visitors to Cotswold Farm Park and one member of staff are being treated for cryptosporidiosis in the UK.
The farm is run by Countryfile TV host Adam Henson.
Dr David Hunt, consultant for health protection in Public Health England (PHE) Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire told the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, “Most of the cases became unwell in April and appear to have visited the park in the Easter holidays. “The park has co-operated fully with the investigation and has put in place a number of extra measures ahead of the upcoming bank holiday to reduce the risk to future visitors.
The statement also reads, “There is currently no scientific evidence to confirm that these alleged cases, which occurred over four weeks ago, are linked to Cotswold Farm Park.
“However, we do take public health very seriously so have been proactively liaising with the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and the local Environmental Health department, to investigate a possibility that these cases may be linked.
“Following a site visit with a HSE inspector and an Environmental health officer it was agreed that Cotswold Farm Park follows best practice procedures in our animal contact areas and we have a proactive approach to educating and informing our staff and visitors of the importance of hand washing.
“We would like to reassure our visitors that we are fully compliant with the industry code of practice for avoiding ill health from farm visits and that there is no reason to avoid contact with animals as long as the correct hand washing procedures are followed.”
Given the number of petting zoo outbreaks, adhering to an industry code of practice and bragging about it is far from convincing.
But, the health types will continue with their work, and the story will unfold.
A table of petting zoo outbreaks is available at http://bites.ksu.edu/petting-zoos-outbreaks.