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Families sues NC county fair over E.coli outbreak

Published On: Nov 22 2012 09:18:17 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 22 2012 09:19:27 PM CST
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GASTONIA -

The first lawsuits seeking to establish liability for a fatal outbreak of E. coli bacteria at the Cleveland County Fair are in the courts.
    
The families of 5-year-old Hannah Roberts of Gastonia and 18-month-old Isaac Dover of Cherokee County, S.C., are suing the event's operator. The civil complaint was filed this week in Gaston County.
    
The lawsuit states that both children became ill a few days after attending the fair last month and developed a potentially life-threatening condition that can cause kidney failure.
    
The fair's lawyers had no comment.
    
North Carolina health officials said a petting zoo was the center of the E.coli outbreak, and rainy weather helped spread the bacteria to areas away from the animals.
    
More than 100 people became sick and a 2-year-old from Gastonia died.