State Investigating Up To 21 Possible E. Coli Cases

North Carolina officials are investigating up to 21 possible cases of E. coli affecting people in six counties, with four children still hospitalized because of the ailment.

State Epidemiologist Megan Davies said Thursday that nine cases have been confirmed, and 12 more are being evaluated.

Most of the cases come from Wake County, which has seven confirmed and four suspected. Sampson County has six, and there are one each in Durham, Johnston, Franklin and Cleveland counties.

Eight of the nine confirmed cases occurred in people who attended the N.C. State Fair, but Davies says investigators don't know yet how many of the suspected cases were at the event.

Davies says it's not clear yet what else the confirmed cases had in common besides attending the fair in its early days.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:47 PM
    Kids pet the animals, put there hands in there mouth. it's not the food. Case solved.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 05:20 AM in reply to
      So, its never the food?
  • by Melissa Location: Greenville on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    What are two of the main things people do at the State Fair? Eat food and pet farm animals. Not a good combo without very thorough hand washing in between.
  • by House Republicans vote to cut funds to implement food safety law on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    Arguing that the U.S. food supply is 99 percent safe, House Republicans cut millions of dollars from the Food and Drug Administration’s budget, denying the agency money to implement landmark food safety laws approved by the last Congress. Saying the cuts were needed to lower the national deficit, the House also reduced funding to the Agriculture Department’s food safety inspection service, which oversees meat, poultry and some egg products.

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