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RALEIGH, NC(AP) — Health and agriculture officials are taking steps to prevent a repeat of the E.coli outbreak that sickened 25 visitors to the N.C. State Fair in 2011.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and other officials announced a number of changes Thursday in and around the three main livestock buildings.

Barriers will prevent fairgoers from getting close to livestock in some areas where previously people could come within touching distance. Visitors will be barred entirely from the Kelley Building for all but a few days of the fair. An investigation tied the illnesses to the Kelley Building, which houses livestock during the fair.

In some areas, pedestrian traffic will be shifted away from animals.

Ofificials also announced that food vendors are being relocated from the area between the Graham Building and Expo Center.

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