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2014 E. coli O157 and Zerebko Zoo Tran Traveling Petting Zoo, Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health identified at least 13 people who were infected with E. coli O157 linked to the Zerebko Zoo Tran traveling petting zoo. The 13 patients ranged in age from 2 to 68 years. Seven were hospitalized. Two patients developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Illnesses occurred at four events where the petting zoo exhibited: Nashwauk 4th of July Festival (1 case), Polk County Fair (1 case), Rice County Fair (7 cases including 2 secondary cases), Olmsted County Fair (3 cases.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2014
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Animal Contact
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Agricultural Fair, Festival
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Zerebko Zoo Tran
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 13
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 13
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 7
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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