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2015 Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis After Exposure to Ill Calves, Virginia

In July 2015 the Thomas Jefferson Health District in Virginia investigated an outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in 14 persons who reported contact with calves from one goat farm. Stool samples were collected from ill humans and calves. Four human specimens and 3 calf specimens were positive for Cryptosporidium. Investigators learned that 8 calves from one goat farm had been sold or re-sold to five separate families. All eight calves were ill upon or shortly after purchase. Five calves died. Risk factors included touching, holding and/or bottle feeding calves.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2015
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Virginia
  • Organism(s):
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle(s):
  • animal contact
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Farm
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 14
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 4
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 10
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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