A six-year-old boy has contracted E. coli after visiting the San Diego County Fair – the fifth case in a scandal that left one child dead.
The boy started showing symptoms of nausea and vomiting on June 26, four days after attending the fair, which had a petting zoo.
He is recovering without need for hospital attention, but his diagnosis adds to the mounting pressure on health officials as they deal with the devastating consequences of a fun annual event.
On June 24, two-year-old Jedidiah King Cabezuela passed away after developing a severe reaction to the bacteria, which doctors believe he was exposed to in the petting zoo.
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The exact source of the bacteria is still under investigation, but all four reported having contact with animals at the fair.
Another three children – aged 9, 11 and 13 – showed suspected symptoms, but have since been deemed unrelated.
Jedidah’s great uncle Ed Sanford told 10News the boy suffered stomach problems four days after visiting the fair.
He insists that the youngster washed his hands after touching the animals at the petting zoo.
Sanford told the news station that the boy was in and out of the emergency room for three days as his symptoms got worse.
Then, his kidneys failed, and he died on June 24.
Fair officials have now closed public access to all animal areas, including the petting zoo, but plan to keep the fair open.
‘The family should not have to worry about that. You’re there to have a good time. This is just really, really sad,’ Sanford told the news outlet.
Jedidiah’s family has set up a GoFundMe account and have held fundraisers to help pay for his funeral.