Child dies from E. Coli outbreak at NC county fair

Child dies from E. Coli outbreak at NC county fair

POSTED: 3:21 PM Oct 13 2012   UPDATED: 4:24 PM Oct 13 2012
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SHELBY -

North Carolina health officials say a child has died from an E. coli infection contracted at the Cleveland County Fair.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced the death Saturday. 14 children and six adults have so far been diagnosed with the disease. Six of those children have been hospitalized as a result.

Health officials continue to investigate to determine the source of this E. Coli outbreak. The bacteria are found in the waste of animals, and people who touch contaminated material such as food or animals can transfer the bacteria to their mouths or to other people.

Cleveland County Fair director Calvin Hastings says the fair tried to prevent E. coli problems by adding hand-washing stations and moving food vendors farther away from animals.

The name of the child who died was not released.