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New case of E. Coli linked to San Diego County Fair

Posted: 1:27 PM, Jul 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-02 16:27:14-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Another child has been diagnosed with E. Coli linked to animals at the San Diego County Fair, San Diego Health and Human Services officials reported Tuesday.

The latest case involves a 6-year-old boy who visited animals at the fair on June 22, officials said. The boy began showing symptoms of Shiga-toxin-producing E. Coli (STEC) four days later. He was not hospitalized.

2-year-old Jedediah Cabezuela died of the illness and three other children were sickened by E. Coli, fair organizers said Friday.

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Health officials confirmed Tuesday a previously reported case involving a 9-year-old child who was not hospitalized was due to E. Coli.

“As we continue our investigation, more cases are likely to be reported,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H, County public health officer. “This is typical of any public health investigation. Since we asked doctors to be on the lookout for STEC, they are more likely to test patients exhibiting symptoms.”

E. Coli can incubate over a period of 10 days. Fair officials closed the animal exhibits to the public on June 28.

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Symptoms of E. Coli include bloody or watery diarrhea, vomiting, and severe abdominal cramps.

The infection is contracted through a naturally-occurring bacteria in animals.