Deadly E. Coli Outbreak Linked To County Fair

SHELBY, N.C. (October 15, 2012)--One child died and 37 others were sickened in an E. coli outbreak tied to a North Carolina county fair, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Monday.

The department said 22 children and 16 adults who attended the Cleveland County Fair have gotten sick.

Spokeswoman Julie Henry said officials haven't identified the specific source of the bacteria.

Officials say a North Carolina child died last week and seven people 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 fair ended Oct. 7.

Health officials say symptoms of E. coli infection could come as long as 10 days after exposure and can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.

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