Washington Suit Filed over E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Dairy Festival

March 11, 2016

A school district is among the targets of a lawsuit over an E. coli outbreak linked to sickened kids who attended a dairy festival field trip in Washington.

The Seattle Times reported families of six kids sickened after last year’s Milk Makers Fest say the Lynden School District, the Whatcom County Dairy Women and the Northwest Washington Fair Association did not follow state and federal guidelines for infection prevention.

Investigators found the same E. coli types linked to the illnesses in samples from a barn where animals were previously exhibited.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 60 people were sickened and 11 were hospitalized.

EscherichiaColi_NIAIDLynden School District’s superintendent said the district sympathizes with the families.

The women’s group and fair association did not respond to requests for comment.

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