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Evergreen Playfield Elk 2008

In the summer, three sporadic cases of genetically identical, E.coli O157:H7 occurred in children. There was no common food or water exposures for the illnesses. By the end of October, nine cases were known. All children were found to have some recreational exposure to Evergreen play fields. There had been frequent reports of elk droppings on the play fields. E.coli O157:H7 was isolated from elk droppings, and it matched the strain of E.coli O157:H7 that had been isolated from the children.

Tags:
  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2008
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Animal Contact
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Play field
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 11
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 8
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 2
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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