E. coli Outbreak at Everett, Washington Petting Zoo


Two children and two adults have been confirmed to have contracted E. coli infections after visiting Forest Park Petting Zoo in Everett, Washington. According to the Snohomish County Health Department one child required hospitalization, but has since been released. No specific strain of E. coli has yet been linked to the outbreak. A spokesman for The City of Everett, which owns and operates the petting zoo, reported that the zoo has since been reopened following cleaning.

Petting Zoo E. coli Risk & Safety

Since 1995, there have been at least 17 E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks at petting zoos and fairs. In 2003 the United States Department of Agriculture study of over 20 County Fairs found E. coli O157:H7 in 13.8 percent of beef cattle, 5.9 percent of dairy cattle, and slightly smaller percentages of sheep, pigs and goats. A2009 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publication emphasizes frequent hand washing as the primary method of reducing risk for E. coli infection while at a zoo or fair.

E. coli Food Poisoning

There are several strains of E. coli that cause illness in humans. Symptoms of E. coli infection include abdominal cramping and diarrhea, which can become bloody. In severe cases, E. coli can cause kidney failure or even death.

Contact the Marler Clark E. coli Attorneys

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection after visiting a petting zoo or fair and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark E. coli lawyers for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and other illnesses contracted from a fair, zoo, or from eating contaminated food. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of E. coli infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Fill out the contact form or call toll-free at 866-770-2032 for a free case evaluation.

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