San Diego Zoo E. Coli Lawyer Update: Investigations Continue.
On July 31st, the county health department announced that none of the 32 environmental samples of petting zoo, pony ride or a cattle testing has come back positive for E. coli O157:H7 bacteria, which is the E.coli serotype detected in the 11 reported outbreak cases. This is not abnormal, however, and as Dr. Eric McDonald, medical director for the county’s epidemiology and immunization services branch said, “even though we have not found a specific animal that we can say the outbreak came from, we know that the cases all were people who went to the fair and had animal exposures in the livestock barn area.” According to lead attorney, E. coli Lawyer Ron Simon:
“the unfortunate fact of follow-up investigations is that much of the evidence is gone, both form natural turn-over, cleaning, changes in routines following knowledge of the outbreak, etc. It is very difficult to find the smoking gun in the aftermath of an outbreak, even when there is no remaining doubt where the outbreak originated.”
This very fact was confirmed by Annie Pierce, a spokeswoman for the 22nd District Agricultural Association that runs the fairgrounds, said in an email she sent on July 31st:
“The animals return home each Sunday night, and a new batch arrives each Tuesday, and when we learned of the dates the children had visited the Fair, those specific competitive livestock animals had already been released. That’s why these animals were not sampled and tested, as they were no longer on site.”
E. coli O157:H7 bacteria reside in the gastrointestinal tracts of healthy cattle. The cattle excrete some of the bacteria in manure and it enters the human body via the oral-fecal route. Ron Simon, a
Gomez Trial Lawyers, warned that “under no circumstances should little children be eating or drinking while or after petting cows or other animals. Everyone involved needs to practice exceptional personal hygiene, and take care when touching clothing or other items, like strollers, that have come into contact with animal-contaminated surfaces.” He also noted that while California law does not prohibit such scenarios, laws in other states, such as North Carolina and Washington, have stricter laws on the books. San Diego Zoo E. coli lawyer Ron Simon, advises those who come in contact with livestock or have children who come in contact with them to:
For more information about this San Diego Zoo E. Coli Outbreak, or to speak to a San Diego Zoo E. coli Lawyer already representing many of the victims involved in this case, call 1-888-335-4901.