Travelling petting zoo behind rash of E coli infections

Minnesota health officials traced an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak involving 13 people, two of whom developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, to a traveling petting zoo. Staff and veterinarians with the zoo voluntarily suspended travels and are working to address the problem. Public health officials are reminding people to wash their hands after spending time around animals, noting that even well-cared-for, clean and healthy animals can carry bacteria that cause disease in humans. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (8/12)

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