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E. coli attorney speaks out about E. coli outbreaks at fairs, petting zoos


March 23, 2005

SEATTLE — Five children are in critical condition in Florida hospitals, and are suffering from a complication of what appears to be E. coli O157:H7 infections, known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). All children visited petting zoos before the onset of symptoms and state and local health officials are working to determine the source of the outbreak.

Since 1995, there have been 13 E. coli outbreaks linked to fairs, petting zoos, and farm visits across the United States. Most recently, twelve children suffered from HUS after attending a petting zoo at the 2004 North Carolina State Fair in October and November.

“It amazes me that every time a fair or petting zoo outbreak occurs, the media reports it like this is a unique situation,” said William Marler, a Seattle attorney who has dedicated his practice to representing victims of E. coli outbreaks. “Any time children come into contact with animals that carry pathogenic bacteria like E. coli O157:H7, we’re looking at the potential for a public health emergency. Baby calves and goats are cute, but they also pose a serious health threat to kids.”

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More on this outbreak: AgVenture Farms / Florida Fair E. coli Outbreak

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