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Final Report Issued on Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Church Barbeque

Late last week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health (NCDPH) released a final report detailing its investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to a fundraising barbeque held at Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Shelby, NC, on Sept. 7, 2013. The report states that 104 people between the ages… Continue Reading

Panel Recommends Petting Zoo Safety Measures for NC Fair

Future of petting zoo at Cleveland County Fair still uncertain

In the wake of an E. coli outbreak linked to a petting zoo at a North Carolina county fair that sickened over 100 people last fall, experts have issued a set of recommendations to improve the safety of animal exhibits at the fair — while the future of a petting zoo at this year’s event… Continue Reading

North Carolina Mom Sues County Fair After Son Part of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

Amie Westfall is suing the Cleveland County Fair in Shelby, North Carolina after her 18-month-old son Dominic suffered from a severe E. coli infection as part of last month’s outbreak tied to the fair’s petting zoo, Circle G Ranch. According to the North Carolina Department of Health, there were 106 reported illnesses and 1 death… Continue Reading

The Petting Zoo Problem

Last month, a toddler died from an E. coli infection acquired at a county fair. Petting zoos have caused dozens of outbreaks in the last decade, all while experts struggle to make them safer.

Katie Maness was 13 years old when her parents took her and two friends to the 2004 North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. It was a beautiful October day, as her mother Becky recalls years later, and the three girls were excited to visit the petting zoo on their own. Inside the zoo exhibit, the… Continue Reading

Bittersweet News in NC Fair E. coli Outbreak

Officials: Petting zoo to blame

More than a month has passed since the first of the 106 victims in North Carolina’s Cleveland County Fair E. coli outbreak began showing symptoms of infection. This week brought bittersweet news regarding two of those victims. First, the good: After 35 days in care, 12-year-old Jordan McNair was discharged from Levine Children’s Hospital in… Continue Reading

Two E. coli Outbreaks Linked to Animal Contact Expand

Two E. coli outbreaks with possible ties to petting zoos expanded Monday. In North Carolina, the number of illnesses linked to the Cleveland County Fair rose from 101 to 106, while a smaller outbreak linked to a Washington state pumpkin patch and petting zoo venue grew from 2 victims to 4. A total of 64… Continue Reading

New Number in NC Fair E. coli Outbreak: 100

The North Carolina Department of Health has revised the number ill in the Cleveland County Fair E. coli outbreak to 100 people, the agency announced Tuesday. The agency previously believed to have 106 people ill last Friday, and then revised the number to 98 on Monday. A 2 year-old boy died from complications of his… Continue Reading

E. coli Cases Linked to NC Fair Rise by 20

Officials expect a drop-off in new illnesses from now on

The number of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to the Cleveland County Fair in North Carolina has jumped to 81, up from the 61 cases reported yesterday. One patient, a two-year-old boy from Gaston County, died last week as a result his illness. At least 52 children and 29 adults are now known to be part… Continue Reading