Bittersweet News in NC Fair E. coli Outbreak
Officials: Petting zoo to blame
Food Safety News
By James Andrews | November 10, 2012
More than a month has passed since the first of the 106 victims in North Carolina’s Cleveland County Fair E. coli outbreak began showing symptoms of infection. This week brought bittersweet news regarding two of those victims.
First, the good: After 35 days in care, 12-year-old Jordan McNair was discharged from Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte on Thursday.
But Thursday was also the day 5-year-old Hannah Robertson was readmitted to Levine two weeks since being discharged. Her parents told WBTV that she had been suffering side-effects of her infection.
On Friday, North Carolina health officials declared the fair’s petting zoo exhibit the cause of the outbreak. Runoff from heavy rains during the fair may have helped spread the contamination to other parts of the fair, they added.
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