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Wyoming Ranch Sheep Castration Animal Contact 2011

Two men developed Campylobacter jejuni enteritis after castrating sheep(lambs) during a multiday event to castrate and dock the tails of 1,600 lambs. Both men had used their teeth to castrate the lambs and were the only persons at the event who had used this castration method. A few lambs exhibited mild diarrheal illness. Campylobacter jejuni was isolated from two lambs; one isolate had a pulsed field gel electrophoresis(PFGE) pattern indistinguishable from the two human isolates

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2011
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Campylobacter
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Animal Contact, Sheep
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Ranch
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 2
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 2
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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