Submitted to: Government Publication/Report
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/2005
Publication Date: 12/23/2005
Citation: Davies, M., Engel, J., Griffin, D., Jenkins, B., Ginzl, D., Hopkins, R., Blackmore, C., Lawaczeck, E., Nathan, L., Levy, C., Briggs, G., Kioski, C., Kreis, S., Keen, J.E., Durso, L.M., Schulte, J., Fullerton, K., Long, C., Smith, S., Barton, C., Gleit, C., Joyner, M., Montgomery, S., Braden, C., Goode, B., Chertow, D., O'Reilly, C., Gupta, S., Dunn, J. Outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 associated with petting zoos - North Carolina, Florida, and Arizona, 2004-2005. 2005. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 54(50):1277-1280. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: During 2004-2005, three outbreaks of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections occurred among agricultural fair, festival and petting zoo visitors in North Carolina, Florida and Arizona. One hundred and eight cases, including 15 persons with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) were reported in the North Carolina outbreak; 63 cases, including seven HUS patients, were reported in the Florida outbreak; two cases were reported in Arizona. No fatalities occurred. Illnesses affected primarily children who visited petting zoos at these events. This report summarizes findings from these outbreak investigations.