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The North Dakota Department of Health has reported that two more children have been infected with E. coli after attending the Red River Valley Fair. This brings the total amount of cases to five. At least one of these cases has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. Four out of the five children needed to be hospitalized. The investigation is still ongoing, and no source of the infections has been identified. Potential sources being investigated include the petting zoo and food vendors at the fair. The North Dakota Department of Health has requested that anyone who went to the fair and contracted E. coli, or were at the fair with someone that contracted E. coli, fill out a health questionnaire. This can be found here, and will help the Department of Health pinpoint a source of infection.
E. coli poisoning can be very serious. Symptoms appear between 3 and 10 days after infection, and include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. E. coli may cause a very serious complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which may cause kidney failure. If you or family member attended the fair and began to show symptoms afterward, contact a medical professional and fill out the health questionnaire.