Monday, October 28 2013, 07:19 PM EDT
Pumpkin Patch Petting Zoo in MN Infects Kids with E-Coli
A family day at the pumpkin patch comes with concern over a health hazard in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health says 3 children picked up e-coli after touching cattle or goats in the petting zoo at the farm.
The owner of the farm has since taped off that section of the farm, but people can still take part in other featured activities. Hand sanitizer and signs urge visitors to wash their hands.
"Any time people are around farm animals you can get e-coli 0157 and other infections and this is because perfectly healthy farm animals can carry germs that can make people sick," said Joni Scheftel with the Health Dept.
The department of health wants everyone to remember, after visiting animals, always wash your hands.