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Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo 2004

Public health investigators in North Carolina determined that the source of the majority of E.coli cases during the state's fair, October 15 to 24, was the Crossroads Farm Petting Zoo. Thirty three of the cases had E.coli O157:H7 that shared the same genetic fingerprint. Those fingerprints matched E.coli that was found in the Crossroads Petting Zoo environment. The outbreak genetic strain was not identified in environmental specimens collected from other State Fair ground locations. Direct contact with manure was most likely to cause infection.

Tags:
  • None
  • Outbreak began:
  • October 2004
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Animal Contact
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Fair, Petting Zoo
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 108
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 43
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 65
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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