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Steer clear of fair foibles — pun intended; pigs problematic, too

It’s fair season, and a new crop of parents is taking excited youngsters to county and state fairs across the country so they can see the farm animals. Not only see them, but pet them as well. Maybe even kiss them. Stop right there, many veterinarians and fair directors will say. Before heading to the… Continue Reading

Cryptosporidium outbreak traced to Pennsylvania rescue farm

Eleven confirmed cases of cryptosporidiosis from infection by the microscopic parasite  Cryptosporidium have been traced back to the Heaven on Earth Farm in Easton, PA, according to a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Heaven on Earth Farm is a non-profit animal rescue farm. Operators flatly denied any connection to the outbreak in a Facebook… Continue Reading

From fairs to nativity scenes, animal attractions harbor danger

Watch children when they enter a petting zoo. Just about always, their faces light up with joy at seeing the animals as their hands reach out to touch them. Ask parents why they take children to petting zoos or farm animal exhibits at fairs and most will tell you that they think it’s important for… Continue Reading

New Mexico parasite infection outbreak linked to raw milk

For the first time since CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report last year documented two siblings with cryptosporidiosis associated with raw milk consumption, a state is blaming an invasion of the microscopic parasites on raw milk. New Mexico officials want people to dump raw milk, warning the Cryptosporidium parasite causes a diarrheal disease known as cryptosporidiosis…. Continue Reading

Central Ohio reports 209 cases of Cryptosporidium infection

An outbreak of Cryptosporidium infection has been building for the past two weeks in central Ohio, with the number of cases hitting 209 as of Friday. The cases are scattered among Columbus, Franklin and Delaware counties. The current total exceeds the combined cases from the past four years, said Jose Rodriguez, a spokesman for Columbus Public Health in… Continue Reading

Update: 70 Illnesses in Illinois Possibly Linked to Apple Cider

Update: As of Nov. 6 , 70 people who attended the Pike County Color Drive on Oct. 17-18. and drank apple cider have become ill. Victims range in age from less than one year to 89 years old. Laboratory results are currently pending, per samples submitted to both the IDPH lab in Illinois and the CDC lab,… Continue Reading

CDC: Outbreak from Raw Goat’s Milk Sickened 11 in Idaho in 2014

At least 11 people in Idaho were sickened with Cryptosporidiosis in August 2014 after consuming unpasteurized goat’s milk, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the first public announcement of outbreak. The outbreak first came to the attention of health authorities when two siblings, both younger… Continue Reading

Australian State Restricts Raw ‘Bath’ Milk After Boy’s Death

Following the death of a 3-year-old boy and hospitalizations of other children last month, the Australian state of Victoria has significantly restricted the sale of raw milk labeled as “bath” milk, which is said to be labeled as such to circumvent Australia’s ban on sales of raw milk for human consumption. Beginning Jan. 1, all… Continue Reading