Fair and Petting Zoo Safety

A resource for fair and petty zoo legal cases and outbreak prevention, sponsored by Marler Clark

2015 Outbreak of E. coli O157 cluster, Red River Valley Fair-North Dakota

In July 2015 the North Dakota Department of Health investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 in persons who attended the Red River Valley Fair held in West Fargo, North Dakota. The fair was held from July 7 through July 12. Five cases were identified. One of the cases developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. One hundred seventeen people completed the online survey. Sixty two (52%) reported diarrheal illness after attending the fair. Epidemiological analysis of survey data did not yield any association with a specific exposure and becoming ill.