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Lorain County Fair Building Contamination 2001

An outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 occurred among people who had attended the Lorain County Fair, in Ohio. Visiting a specific show barn was associated with illness. Among barn visitors, illness was independently associated with dancing, eating/drinking, or handling saw dust in the barn. The outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 was recovered from barn sawdust, bleachers, handrails, walls, and rafters from specimens collected six weeks after the outbreak. Sawdust specimens collected 42 weeks after the fair also grew the same E coli O157 strain.

Tags:
  • Outbreak began:
  • September 2001
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Ohio
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Environmental surface contact
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Fair
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 23
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 9
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 14
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 6
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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