Two new cases of E. coli bacteria linked to county fair reported

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency announced there has been two new cases of E. coli reported that may be related to animals at the San Diego County Fair.

That brings the total to four confirmed and three probable cases.

Health officials said the two new probable cases are:

  • A 2-year-old who visited the fair and reported contact with animals on June 22, became ill on June 26 and was not hospitalized.
  • A 4-year-old who visited the fair and reported contact with animals on June 21, became ill on June 29 and is currently hospitalized.

“The investigation is ongoing, and even though the fair is over, there are likely more cases that will be reported,” said Dean Sidelinger, M.D., MSEd, interim deputy County public health officer. “This isn’t unusual for a public health investigation. We have asked local doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of STEC.”

The first four cases, including the death of a 2-year-old boy were reported by the Health and Human Services Agency last Friday.

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