UPDATE: More Possible E. Coli Cases In Eastern Carolina

State health officials are now investigating 24 possible E. coli cases that have been unofficially linked to the N.C. State Fair. Now, two of those cases are in Eastern Carolina.

The News and Observer reports that there have been eight confirmed cases so far. Officials have not released if those are the two reported from Wilson County.

So far, five people have been hospitalized and three people have suffered kidney failure because of the illness.

The majority of cases have been in Wake County, with 11 reported. Seven cases have been reported in Sampson County, and Durham, Orange, Johnston and Cleveland counties have one case each.

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The investigation into an E. coli outbreak has now spread to Eastern Carolina.

The North Carolina Division of Public Health now says there are 26 suspected cases, 10 of those are confirmed. One of those suspected E. coli cases is in Wilson County.

The state says five people, including four children, remain hospitalized. So far, 23 of the 26 victims say they had attended the State Fair as public health investigators continue to consider the fair as the probable cause of the outbreak.

Of the 26 cases, 13 are adults and 13 are under the age of 18. Wake County has 14 possible cases, followed by Sampson with 6, and Cleveland, Durham, Franklin, Johnston, Orange and Wilson with one suspected case each.

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  • by CMD on Nov 1, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    "ok" - Obviously everyone is different and reacts to different things in different ways. I never said I had E Coli. I simply stated that it was not far fetched. Obviously State Officals seem to agree! Either way, I'm blessed to be better!
  • by ok Location: over that direction on Oct 31, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    cmd, your symptoms were not those of E. Coli if 1)they manifested that radpidly 2)you recovered so quickly 3)with no medical rx. You were probably victims of some other cause, either "food poioning," or a coincidence of symptom appearance to fair attendance. Best guess would be something you ate, based on the limited information. Not so far out of the realm of possibility at the fair, lol.
  • by CMD on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    I attended the state fair and fell ill that evening. My boyfriend's sister was also in attendance with me. She became ill the next day and it lasted for about 3 days. Neither of us went to the doctor *assuming* it was just a bug. So, it's definately not far fetched that it was indeed linked to the State Fair.
  • by Patsy Cline on Oct 29, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Interesting. I don't see any commenters from the Whooping Cough case posted here. I guess they are only concerned about one disease and not others.
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Oct 29, 2011 at 05:26 AM
    A million people go to the fair and 26 are sick with ecoli. The %ratio is a bit out of balnce to be able to point to the fair just yet. The petting zoo everyone wants to blame is out of the question.... The # of kids and adults could be audited. If anything, the rides are prob. the place to transfer anything and everything.... and the carnies that open gates pull latches, fasten saftey gear and bars........... After exhibiting for 25 yrs. at the fair until 09, the rides would be where I would focus.

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