December 14, 2017

Cleveland County Petting Zoo Recommendations: Enter at Your Own Risk

The Cleveland County Fair Working Group held a press conference this week to give their recommendations on how to make the event safer. Last year's outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 at the Fair sickened more than 100 people; seven people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.  A toddler died as a result of the infection. In early May, a task force recommended that there be no petting zoo at the fair at all. The goal of the Group was to review prevention measures that were in place during that outbreak and to identify measures to help mitigate the risk of disease transmission. The Group did not recommend that petting zoos or animal contact exhibits be banned at the fair. They stated that animal contact exhibits at sanctioned agricultural fairs must adhere to the requirements set forth in … [Read more...]

Hawaii Reports E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

The Hawaii Department of Health has sent a letter to Oahu hospitals about an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least six people since February. Six "molecularly matched" E. coli O157:H7 infections have been reported, with illness onset dates from February 19 to March 2, 2013. There is no mention of this outbreak in the Hawaii Department of Health news releases. The memo reads, "The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) is investigating a cluster of six confirmed, molecularly matched E. coli O157:H7 infections. Five of the six cases are children, while the sixth is elderly; all are Oahu residents with no travel history. Three of the six cases have been hospitalized with two developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Five cases have recovered or are recovering; one remains hospitalized. … [Read more...]

Pritzker Lawyers Represent Cleveland Fair E. Coli Petting Zoo Patients

The firm of Pritzker Olsen is representing victims of the Cleveland Fair E. coli petting zoo outbreak that happened last summer.  Most outbreaks involving this organism are caused by adulterated food. However, petting zoo animals have also been a frequent source of E. coli O157 infections, usually resulting in the hospitalization (and, too often, the death) of many children. Many states, including North Carolina, have statutes and regulations intended to lessen the risk of such human-animal interactions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the American Veterinary Medical Association have also weighed in on the subject by publishing a “Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public … [Read more...]

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