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Health officials: 61 cases of E. coli from NC fair

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Health officials in North Carolina say the number of E. coli cases linked to the Cleveland County Fair has climbed to 61.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that 38 children and 23 adults have been affected by the outbreak. Eleven people have been hospitalized. Officials said there are three cases from South Carolina.

A 2-year-old died of complications from the bacterial illness.

The nine-day fair ended Oct. 7. Health officials say symptoms of E. coli infection could come up to 10 days after exposure and can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.

Officials haven’t yet determined the source of the outbreak.
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