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Publisher’s Platform: Do We Need a Petting Zoo Preservation Act?


Over the last week I spoke to two families of very young children stricken by E. coli O111 after they both attended a small town Maine fair and petting zoo. One child was just released from the hospital after suffering from acute kidney failure and the other child was buried a week before from complications… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Another Preventable Petting Zoo E. Coli Outbreak

The 2015 Oxford County Fair that was held in mid-September will be remembered for the death of one child and the severe illness to another due to infections with E. coli O111. The common exposure to the two children was the same petting zoo. The investigation is ongoing, but what has appeared thus far indicates… Continue Reading

Update: Two Maine Boys Were Infected by Same Strain of E. Coli

Oct. 9 update: A state epidemiologist with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the two boys who became ill after visiting a petting zoo last month were both infected by E. coli O111. “The strain and molecular typing from each patient was identical, making it highly likely that the cases acquired the… Continue Reading

Update: At Least 13 E. coli Cases in Minnesota Linked to Traveling Petting Zoo

The Minnesota Department of Health reports that health officials have identified at least 13 people with E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to Zerebko Zoo Tran, a traveling petting zoo that recently visited county fairs there. Seven people have been hospitalized, including three children. Two of the cases developed a serious complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS),… Continue Reading

UK: Settlements Reached in 2009 Godstone Farm E. Coli Outbreak

Ten children with emotional and physical scars that will likely be with them for life are among those who have reached settlements following the 2009 E. coli outbreak at England’s Godstone Farm. “These children have all had painful and frightening experiences,” said London’s High Court Judge Colin Mackay. “I cannot think of anything more ghastly… Continue Reading

Three Minnesota Petting Zoo Visitors Sick With E. Coli

The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that at least three children have been infected with E. coli O157:H7 after coming into contact with cattle and g0ats at Dehn’s Pumpkins in Dayton, MN. The children are aged 15 months to 7 years, and one child has been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a severe kidney disease associated with… Continue Reading