E. Coli cases tied to NC county fair jumps to 38

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Submitted: Tue, 10/16/2012 - 1:00am
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SHELBY, N.C. (AP) – The number of people stricken by an outbreak of E. coli bacteria has jumped to 38 visitors to a county fair in North Carolina. One child is dead.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that 22 children and 16 adults who attended the Cleveland County Fair have been sickened. Two are from South Carolina.

Besides the Gaston County child who died last week, seven victims have needed hospital treatment. Gaston County Health Director Chris Dobbins said three people are on dialysis and four developed a type of kidney failure.

The nine-day Cleveland County Fair ended Oct. 7. Health officials say symptoms of E. coli infection could come up to 10 days after exposure and can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.

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  • Anonymous says:

    Shut the Fairs down!!!! I bet there won’t be no one at the Fair in Shelby in 2013!!!! I won’t be there & gonna make sure none of my family members attend. I BELIEVE A STRICT INVESTIGATION NEEDS TO BE DONE ON THIS CASE! If food is to be served then they need to make the vendors of food futher away from the fairground or take away the animals. This is disgusting!! So many lives & the children have been lost through this situation. Something needs to be done! Overall I think that shouldn’t be NO animals whatsoever in the fair!! Only rides and VERY CLEAN food vendors with Health Officials round the clock to test the food they serve!! Take away the animals!!! They stink & are disgusting!!!

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