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2017 Outbreak of Cryptosporidium Linked to Heaven on Earth Rescue Farm, Pennsylvania

In March 2017 the Pennsylvania Department of Health advised visitors, staff and volunteers at Heaven on Earth Rescue Farm that they may have been exposed to Cryptosporidium. In February the farm received young goats and calves that required bottle feedings. At least five laboratory-confirmed cryptosporidium infections and 6 probable cases were identified by health officials. The farm is located in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania.

  • Outbreak began:
  • February 2017
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Pennsylvania
  • Organism(s):
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Vehicle(s):
  • animal contact
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Farm
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Heaven on Earth Farm
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 11
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 5
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 6
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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