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Outbreak of skin infections at San Diego Zoo traced to worker

Outbreak of skin infections at San Diego Zoo traced to worker

A zookeeper infected an elephant calf that was being hand-raised because its mother couldn't care for it, health officials say. The infection spread to as many as 20 of its human caretakers.

By Mary Engel

March 6 2009

An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant skin infections at the San Diego Zoo last year began when a zookeeper infected an elephant calf that was being hand-raised because its mother couldn't care for it, according to a zoo and county health department investigation. The calf, in turn, infected as many as 20 of its human caretakers.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-elephant-infection6-2009mar...

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