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Health department investigates E.coli link after several students sickened

Apr 30th, 2015 | Category: News

LYNDEN – The Whatcom County Department of Health informed the organizers of the Milk Makers Fest on April 27 that several children who may have attended the recent educational event have become ill, possibly with E.coli. The following day, the Health Department sent a letter to parents of children in Whatcom County schools that states “six cases have been identified that are associated with the event.” Five of the cases are primary school children who attended the event. As of press time, limited details were available as the investigation into the possible causes is continuing. Parents of children who attended are urged to watch their children for symptoms. The Whatcom County Health Department can be reached at (360) 676-6724. A new website has been set up with information at www.milkfestinfo.com, and updates are also being posted on the Whatcom County Dairy Women’s Facebook page with additional details. Milk Makers Fest, started in 1993, shares information about the local dairy industry with 1st grade students. Approximately 1,325 students, plus teachers and parents, attended the event April 21-23 at the Northwest WA Fairgrounds in Lynden.

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