2011 English Animal Farm Outbreak
Cruckley Animal Farm in Foston-on-the-Wolds, England is closing its gates permanently following an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. The family-run farm was linked to at least six cases of the life-threatening infection as of August 2011. The owners, John and Sue Johnston, expressed sorrow at the illness and stated that “the health and safety of our visitors has always been our top priority,” thus with the news the farm was the likely source of illnesses, they decided to close. The Johnston’s have worked with the Health Protection Unit throughout the investigation to determine the source of the illnesses.