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2019 Outbreak of E. coli O157 infections Associated with Minnesota State Fair, Minnesota

In September 2019 the Minnesota Department of Health investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 infections associated with the Minnesota State Fair. As of September 17, 2019 investigators identified 11 cases among Minnesota residents who visited the fair between August 25 and September 2. Dates of illness onset ranged from August 29 to September 6. Six of the ill people were hospitalized. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. Contact with livestock was implicated as the likely source of this outbreak. Most of the ill people reported visiting the Miracle of Birth exhibit and having contact with calves, goats, sheep or piglets. However, some cases did not have direct contact with animals and may have been exposed through contact with contaminated surfaces.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2019
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Animal exposure
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Fair
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Minnesota State Fair
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 11
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 11
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 6
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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