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July 2, 2019
E. coli and Preventative Protocols
Four confirmed cases of E. coli-related illnesses have been linked to contact with animals at the San Diego County Fair. Three of the four young children who became ill were not hospitalized, however, the fourth, a 2-year-old toddler was hospitalized and tragically died from complications. Our thoughts are with the children and their families as well as with San Diego County Fair’s staff who are all dealing with this heartbreaking situation.
Protecting the health and safety of the fair-going public as well as that of your animal exhibitors and fair staff is a commitment and a responsibility CFSA takes seriously. This recent outbreak underscores the importance of establishing and enforcing precautions and safety protocols that can help prevent the spread of E. coli and other infectious diseases.
· CFSA’s Risk Control specialists are stressing the importance of these preventative measures during their current pre-fair and fair time fair visits.
· CFSA is creating an information packet for all California fairs reiterating known best practices and protocols to prevent contact with E. coli during fair time. This packet will be distributed by Wednesday, July 3.
Hand-washing signs in English and Spanish provided by CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions (F&E) Branch are available from Melissa Thurber at email@example.com or you can print out your own signs from the F&E website: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/Fairs_&_Expositions/Information/Animal_Exhibit_Signage.asp
In addition, below is a hand-washing themed video developed for WFA and CFSA’s Play it Safe campaign. It’s fun, it’s short, it’s filled with valuable tips about how animal exhibitors can help prevent the spread of E. coli. Acting as ambassadors of your fair and for their animals, animal exhibitors can remind fair-goers to wash their hands and their children’s hands after leaving the animal barn and before eating. (Make sure you start the video from the beginning.)
Visit CFSA’s News & Events blog for additional information about E. coli and preventative measures you can take to help protect the health of your fair guests, animal exhibitors and your staff.
Work Safe, Work Smart! June is National Safety Month! And CFSA is definitely on board! Throughout the month of June we will be posting safety tips you can use on your fairgrounds and in your everyday life. (Okay, yes, we actually do this year-round, but we can’t resist the National Safety Council’s full month of encouraging individuals and businesses to put in a little extra effort towards reducing “the leading causes of unintentional injury and death at work, on the road, and in homes and communities.” Please follow along on our Facebook page and here on our website.
CFSA’s next board meeting is Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You’ll find a copy of the meeting agenda here.
Have you read the latest issue of the fyi newsletter? So that you can be in the know (not the last to know), you can read it here.
CFSA, California Construction Authority (CCA), Western Fairs Association (WFA) and Fairs & Expositions (F&E) shared two day’s worth of information to an attentive group of new fair CEOs interested in learning more about the resources available to them through CFSA, CCA, WFA and F&E, and how all four agencies work together for the benefit of California’s fairs. Thank you to everyone who made presentations and to everyone who attended!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Maintenance Mania at the Alameda County Fairgrounds! Thank you too, to the volunteer planning committee and to all who volunteered their time to make this event possible. We’ll have photos as soon as our CFSA Maintenance Mania volunteers get settled back into the office.