61 people in the US die of E. Coli infections each year, according to WFMY News 2.

Many parents crossed out going to the petting zoo after the 2004 E. coli outbreak at the North Carolina State Fair.

New state rules take affect later this year and some local petting zoo’s are getting a jump start on it.

A petting zoo that violates the new rules can lose its license and be forced to pay a $5000 fine.