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2019 Outbreak of Shiga Toxin E. coli Among Visitors to the San Diego County Fair, California

In June 2019 seven cases of confirmed or probable pediatric cases of Shiga toxin E. coli (STEC) occurred among visitors to the San Diego County Fair. A two year old child died. The ages of the children ranged from 2 to 13 years of age. They visited the fair between June 8 to June 22. Two cases were hospitalized. All children visited the animal areas or the petting zoo at the fair, or had other animal contact at the fair.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2019
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Animal Contact
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • County Fair
  • Brand Name(s):
  • San Diego County Fair
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 7
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 4
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 3
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 2
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1

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