by: Dr. G.F. Kennedy
Women that are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should stay out of the lambing barn. Many of the diseases that cause abortion in sheep can also cause problems in humans. Toxoplasmosis is the first one that comes to mind, but Champylobacter, Chlamydia, Salmonella and others are a concern as well.
Now I dont want to be an alarmist, walking through the lamb barn is not a problem, but assisting lambing, handling new borns and placentas can be. When handling clothes for washing that have had contact with these materials, protective gloves should be worn. These organisms are infectious but not contagious. It is better to take precautions and play it safe.