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News Advisory Update: State Public Health Investigation Into E coli Outbreak

For release: Immediate    October 28, 2011
Contact: Julie Henry (919) 855-4840

The N.C. Division of Public Health reports that it is now investigating 26 cases related to the E. coli outbreak. Ten cases are confirmed E. coli cases; 16 cases are still being investigated. The latest numbers and counties involved:

Wake 14
Sampson 6
Cleveland 1
Durham 1
Franklin 1
Johnston 1
Orange 1
Wilson 1

Of the 26 cases under investigation, 13 are adults (18 years old or older) and 13 are children (under 18). Five people are hospitalized: four children and one adult. Samples continue to arrive at the state lab and testing will be performed through the weekend.

Current patient interview information shows that 23 of the 26 persons involved in the investigation report having attended the State Fair. Public health investigators continue to consider the North Carolina State Fair as the probable exposure for the outbreak. Public health officials will be contacting some fairgoers in the next phase of their investigation as they try to pinpoint the specific source. The N.C. Division of Public Health is working with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on the investigation.

Updated information on case numbers in the investigation will be posted daily by 4 p.m., beginning on Friday 10/28, at

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