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Texas E.Coli Source Under Dispute

Posted - Jan. 28, 2004 at 6:20 a.m.



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HOUSTON, Jan 27, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Texas health officials and E. coli victims disagree on the source of what sickened about two dozen people at the Fort Bend County Fair.

Health officials in Houston are pointing the finger at livestock at the fair but some of the victims are blaming a sewage spill, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Parents of some young victims and health officials agreed that "Those kids went through hell.

"Some of them will have problems for the rest of their lives because of this, potentially," Kaye Reynolds, assistant Health Department director.

The fair ran from Sept. 26 to Oct. 4 with more than 182,000 people attending. Twenty-four people were presumed to have had an E. coli infection, with seven confirmed by laboratory tests.

"If it had come from an animal you would have had a lot more sick kids," said Debbie Poncik, of Sugar Land, whose 14-year-old daughter Cassie spent several days in a hospital.

"It has to be from the sewer. If it had come from an animal there would have been more people sick."

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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