In a follow-up to two news stories in Wales–the cryptosporidium and the hepatitis A outbreaks–Public Health Wales Outbreak Control Team investigating cases of cryptosporidium associated with Coleg Gwent’s farm in Usk has declared the outbreak over.
The outbreak ended with 14 cases of the parasitic infection linked to regular attendance at the farm or contact with those who have.
This outbreak and the risk of others prompted health officials to remind people who visit farm-based attractions of the importance of washing their hands after contact with animals.
Open farms, farm parks, agricultural shows and rescue centres are all popular bank holiday attractions but it’s important that visitors are aware of the infection risks associated with livestock.
Infectious diseases such as E. coli O157, Cryptosporidiosis, Q fever, Listeriosis and Toxoplasmosis can be passed from sheep, cows, goats and other livestock to humans through contact with infected feces and other body fluids.
Infection can also be passed on from animal bedding and fencing or by stroking their fur.
The hepatitis A outbreak at a Caerphilly primary school has risen to six cases. 222 Glyn-Gaer Primary School pupils and 48 adults were vaccinated earlier this week as a precaution.
A further two cases of Hepatitis A have been confirmed in the local community, bringing the total number of cases in the outbreak to eight. The outbreak control team is working to establish links between these patients and the school.
The investigation into the outbreak is ongoing.