Diseases transmitted from animals to people are called zoonotic diseases. Diseases transmitted from sick people to animals are called anthroponotic diseases. While the transmission of diseases can work both ways (that is, animals to humans and humans to animals), the Animal Contact Guidelines (PDF 2641KB) focus on human health and how people can reduce their risk of illness from contact with animals.
Animal Contact Guidelines
The Animal Contact Guidelines (PDF 2641KB) are for animal handlers and exhibitors who exhibit or display animals at an event or premises, either permanent, mobile or temporary. The Guidelines include information on reducing the risk of zoonotic disease from animals in pet shops, childcare services, schools and health care facilities.
The measures outlined in these guidelines are considered best practice. They aim to enhance standards in public health by:
reducing the risk of zoonotic disease transmission in children and adults
addressing work health and safety obligations
meeting duty of care
The Guidelines also aim to set minimum standards to assist local environmental health officers administer the South Australian Public Health Act 2011 and to apply to any event or premises where animals are handled, exhibited or displayed (excluding commercial animal farming and processing).
The Introduction and Essential Considerations sections of the Guidelines provide core advice and apply to anyone who handles, exhibits, displays, sells, hosts, or houses animals in a public setting. Additional information is provided in the Guidelines for:
childcare services and schools
health care facilities.
These practical tools aim to reinforce behaviours that assist to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease, from animal contact, in a public setting and include:
Professional print - Animal Contact Guideline (PDF 4.4MB) - This document is able to be downloaded and sent to a professional printer. The documents should be set up ready for print. The Printing Instructions (PDF 187KB) will help guide you to be able to print the materials in a similar way to what they are provided by SA Health. As we transition to digital materials, the ordering of print materials will be reduced. As of 1 October 2019, you will no longer be able to order print materials for this area. Downloadable versions of the materials will be made available on the relevant pages on the SA Health Website.
Corflute handwashing signs are available in four key messages (all 1.2m x 0.5m). Animal exhibitors can request these by emailing HealthCommunicableDiseases@sa.gov.au. Below are A3 sized print-your-own versions of the larger signs in the same four messages:
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