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Pacific National Exhibition Petting Zoo 2009

At least 11 children and two adults who visited the petting barn during Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition developed an infection caused by E.coli O157:H7. The ill lived throughout British Columbia and ranged in age from 21 months to 69 years. Petting zoos have been associated with previous outbreaks of E.coli. The Pacific National Exhibition had all of the proper precautions in place, including well stocked handwashing stations. The fair ran for 17 days and ended on the Canadian Labor Day, September 7. More than 855,000 people attended. As of September 16, public health investigators had not determined the specific cause of the outbreak.

Tags:
  • Outbreak began:
  • September 2009
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Petting Zoo
  • Brand Name(s):
  • None
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 13
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 13
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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