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Under-fives 'should not touch animals'

21st September 2009

Microbiologist Professor Hugh Pennington has said that parents should not allow their children to have contact with animals at petting farms.

Four farms in the UK have recently been affected by an outbreak of E.coli. Professor Pennington said hand cleaning was "absolutely crucial" but under-fives "haven't learned how to do it yet. These very young kids are the most likely part of the population to get complications if they get infected."

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