Maine expanding probe into E. coli after 1-year-old boy dies

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine public health authorities have confirmed that a child died and another was hospitalized after both attended a county fair and then showed symptoms of E. coli infection.

State epidemiologist Siiri Bennett says the children from Androscoggin County likely acquired their illnesses from the same source. The state's Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory identified the strain of E. coli on Friday and found that it was identical in both patients.

Both children attended the Oxford County Fair last month. Bennett says it will take a week to complete testing of samples from the fair. She says the state is also searching for other common factors in the cases.

One child died Monday, his father said, and the other is in fair condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

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