The Division of Public Health of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with Local Health Departments is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infection in 81 people who attended the Cleveland County Fair.

Preliminary findings suggest animal exposure may be the source of this outbreak.

52 children* and 29 adults are known to be/have been affected by this outbreak.

Eleven individuals* have been or are currently hospitalized.

The county case counts are as follows: Cleveland County – 48, 
Gaston County – 11,*
 Lincoln County – 13,

Catawba County – 1, Mecklenburg – 1, Union County – 2, Rutherford – 2, York County, South Carolina – 2, 
Cherokee County, South Carolina – 1.

*This number includes one death related to the outbreak

For more information on past E. coli outbreaks, See