106 E. coli Cases in Outbreak Traced to Cleveland County Fair in NC


According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, at least 65 children and 41 adults are known to be part of the E. coli outbreak traced to the Cleveland County Fair, which was held from September 27 - October 7, 2012 and included 5 animal petting areas--the focus of the public health investigation into the source of the E. coli outbreak.

E. coli cases have been reported among residents of 6 North Carolina counties and 2 South Carolina counties. The E. coli case count as of October 18, 2012 included the following: Cleveland County (61), Gaston County (15), Lincoln County (14), Catawba County (2), Union County (2), Rutherford (7), York County, SC (2) and Cherokee County, SC (3).

E. coli risk associated with fairs and petting zoos

While North Carolina state health investigators as well as public health officials from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties work to determine the source of the E. coli outbreak at the Cleveland County Fair, they noted in a press release that E. coli are bacteria found in the feces of animals such as cattle, sheep and goats. If people touch contaminated material, food or animals, they can transfer the bacteria from their hands to their mouths, or to others.

E. coli symptoms and risks

E. coli infections are characterized by painful abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Children, the elderly and immunocompromised people are most likely to develop complications of E. coli infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome is a severe complication of E. coli infection that can lead to kidney failure, central nervous system impairment and death.

Contact the Marler Clark E. coli Attorneys

Marler Clark filed an E. coli lawsuit against the fair and Circle G. Ranch, a Tennessee petting zoo company, on behalf of a child who became ill with an E. coli infection after visiting the petting zoo at the Cleveland County Fair.

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection after visiting a fair or petting zoo and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections.

You can fill out the contact form or call toll-free at 866-770-2032. There is no cost to you.

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