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Cleveland County Fair E. coli Outbreak – 100 Sick with 1 Death

The North Carolina Department of Health has revised the number ill in the Cleveland County Fair E. coli outbreak to 100 people, the agency announced Tuesday.

The agency previously believed to have 106 people ill last Friday, and then revised the number to 98 on Monday.

A 2 year-old boy died from complications of his E. coli infection on Friday, October 12.

The outbreak is suspected to be linked to the fair’s petting zoo exhibit.

The number ill according to county are as follows:

Cleveland County – 59
Gaston County – 14 (1 death)
Lincoln County – 14
Catawba County – 1
Union County – 2
Rutherford – 6
York County, South Carolina – 2
Cherokee County, South Carolina – 2