Traveling Zoo Spreads E. Coli to Three at Olmsted County Fair

Updated: 08/12/2014 6:46 PM
Created: 08/12/2014 3:45 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Thirteen cases of E. coli have been reported in the state from a traveling petting zoo.

The Minnesota Department of Health says the most recent cases were from the Olmsted County Fair.

Out of the 13 confirmed cases, three were connected to the Olmsted County Fair. The most cases were reported in connection to the Rice County Fair. Polk County Fair reported one case and the Nashwauk 4th of July Festival reported one case as well.

According to the department of health, the E. coli outbreak is associated with the Zerebko Zoo Tran Traveling petting zoo. The zoo made stops at several county fairs between July 4 - July 27.

The 13 cases range in age from 2 to 68 years old. Seven people were hospitalized including three children. Two of the cases developed a serious complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which affects kidney function.

The department of health says because the Olmsted County Fair was the most recent fair to host the petting zoo, more cases could be identified.

The owner of the petting zoo has been cooperating with officials and have canceled its latest exhibits.