E. coli outbreak linked to Minnesota State Fair

11 cases are under investigation

WCCO Radio Newsroom
September 17, 2019 - 1:26 pm
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Minnesota Department of Health officials Tuesday announced 11 cases of E. coli O157 have been linked to the Minnesota State Fair.

In the news release, officials said the individuals reported visiting the fair between August 25 and September 2. They then became ill between August 29 and September 6.

Evidence gathered from an investigation showed most of the ill people visited the Miracle of Birth exhibit, having come into contact with calves, goats, sheeps, or piglets. Some of the sick individuals did not have direct contact with the animals, but may have been exposed through contact with contaminated surfaces like fences and rails.

Additional tests are underway to pinpoint the source of the infections.

Those sickened are between the ages of 2 and 43 years old. Six of the 11 were hospitalized, and one developed hemolytic uremic syndrom, a potentially fatal complication. Officials say one person remains hospitalized as of Tuesday.

Health official say there's little chance of ongoing exposure since the fair has ended, but the potential impacts of E. coli O157 make it important to spread the news. This is to help health care providers stay aware and help anyone with symptoms get the proper treatment.

Symptoms include severe bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, little or no fever, nonbloody diarrhea, or no symptoms at all. Symptoms usually begin 2-5 days after infection and last one to eight days.

 

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