A two-year-old boy has died after contracting E. coli linked to the San Diego County Fair, according to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.
“Our hearts, our prayers, our thoughts go out to the family and friends of this child,” said San Diego County Fair CEO Tim Fennell.
Three other cases were also confirmed. The ages of the children range from two to 13 years of age.
The children are believed to have visited the San Diego County fair from June 8 to June 15. Three of the four cases did not require hospitalization, but the two-year-old who was hospitalized died on June 24 from a complication of the disease.
The source of the E.Coli bacteria is under investigation, but all of the children reportedly visited the animal areas or the petting zoo or had other animal contact at the San Diego Fair.
As a result, San Diego County Fair officials have closed public access to all animal areas, including the petting zoo. The San Diego County Fair will remain open until July 4.