Petting Zoos as an Unsuspected Source of Pediatric Infections

Jaimee M. Hall, Isabelle Z. Falcon, Alexis M. Elward, Elizabeth A. Daniels, Sarah E. Greene, Stephanie S. Cabler, Patrick J. Reich, Gregory A. Storch

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Children are at risk for infection following animal exposure at petting zoos owing to suboptimal hand hygiene and frequent hand-to-mucosal surface contact. Public health surveillance is limited, and infectious risk is likely underrecognized. Most reported infections are enteric. Here, we describe two children with unusual, nonenteric infections following petting zoo exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-349
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2023


  • case reports
  • infection
  • pediatric
  • petting zoo
  • zoonotic


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