Everett, WA Animal Farm Worker, 3 Others Infected with E. coli at Forest Park

June 16, 2011


4 sickened by E. coli at Everett Animal Farm

1 child hospitalized, 3 others sickened by E. coli at Everett's Forest Park Animal Farm

Open less than two weeks, The Animal Farm at Everett’s Forest Park has already undergone a thorough cleaning after four people, 2 children and two adults came down with E.coli. One of the adults was an Animal Farm employee and one of the children had to be treated at a Seattle hospital. Because adults and children both contracted the disease, Snohomish Health District Director Gary Goldbaum is stressing that adults make sure to wash their kids hands and then wash their own. The city of Everett Parks Department has stepped up the amount of bleach its using to clean the farm, removed some play features inside the farm and increased the barriers between visitors and some animals. Everett City Spokesperson Kate Reardon says the city has no current plans to close the farm and will continue to let folks pet the goats, sheep, rabbits, horse, pony, mini-pony and assorted chickens. They just want to make sure that people wash their hands after they touch the animals or even if they only walked around the Farm.
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