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Health officials investigating several E. coli cases in Grant's Farm visitors

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the United States Department of Agriculture are working to find out what may have caused the illnesses.

ST. LOUIS — Health officials are investigating after there have been five E. coli cases in people who have visited Grant's Farm since late May 2019.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri and United States Department of Agriculture, along with other local health agencies, is working to find out what may have led to the illnesses.

The cases are Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), which is harmful to humans.

The Missouri DHSS said it has given Grant's Farm preliminary recommendations to remind visitors of the importance of handwashing after touching animals. Investigators are collecting animal specimens for testing.

Grant's Farm is participating in the investigation and gave the following statement:

“At Grant’s Farm, the safety of our patrons, our employees, and our animal population is our highest priority. We are working closely with the state Dept. of Health and taking all necessary precautions to ensure we provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our visitors.

We have a team of veterinary experts that work diligently to ensure our animals are healthy. Out of an abundance of caution, we will also be taking further safety measures, including the addition of several more hand-washing/antibacterial stations, and increased signage to remind our visitors of the importance of proper hygiene after coming into contact with the animals. 

We will continue to follow the guidance of the public health experts that are managing this issue, and will defer to the Department of Health on any additional next steps.” 

For more information about STEC infections from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, click here.