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Foreign Animal Disease Prevention sheep photo by Krista Cheney, link to home page

Visitor Biosecurity—
Foreign Animal Disease Prevention


Standard signage at farm entrance

<<OUR FARM>> is taking precautions to prevent agricultural diseases from spreading to this country.

IF YOU OR ANYONE WITH YOU TODAY HAS BEEN OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES WITHIN THE PAST 5 (FIVE) DAYS PLEASE DO NOT ENTER <<INSERT NAME OF FARM>> WITHOUT ASKING OUR STAFF FOR MORE INFORMATION. THANK YOU!!

Response from staff

Anyone who has been outside the United States or Canada within five days of visiting our farm may be asked not to visit or to limit their access to certain areas until a five day period has passed and disinfection instructions have been followed. If you have traveled through agricultural areas, livestock pastures, or farms in a foreign country where a highly contagious infectious disease of livestock is currently present, we request that you do not visit our farm today. Please come back when five days or more have passed since your last visit abroad. If you did not visit any agricultural areas, we request that you limit your visit today to <<THE WALKING TRAILS OR OFFICE OR VISITOR CENTER AS APPROPRIATE TO YOUR FARM>> and do not enter any pastures or barns. If you have traveled in a country where there is not an outbreak of a disease currently foreign to the US or did not visit any agricultural areas, please wear plastic booties (provided at the entrance to the main barn) and do not touch the animals or their feed.

Disinfection instructions for travelers

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) maintains lists of the USDA-Recognized Animal Health Status of Countries/Regions Regarding Specific Livestock or Poultry Diseases. If you have visited a country that has confirmed cases of highly contagious infectious animal diseases, you should follow these instructions before visiting any livestock farms, fairs, or shows:

  • Launder or dry-clean all clothing and outerwear worn abroad.
  • Remove all dirt and soil from shoes by thorough cleaning, then wipe them with a cloth or sponge dampened with a bleach solution consisting of five teaspoons household bleach diluted in one gallon of water.
  • Wipe luggage and all personal items such as watches, cameras, laptop computers, CD players, and cell phones with the bleach solution.

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