- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

OXFORD, Maine (AP) - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating two cases in which Androscoggin County children were hospitalized with symptoms associated with E. coli.

The agency is looking for common links, including that both children attended the Oxford County Fair in September. A spokesman says the CDC is sending the state veterinarian and Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the fair to investigate. They’ll be looking at animal exhibits, among other things.

Fair President Jackie Young says she’s cooperating with the investigation.

The CDC spokesman says lab tests revealed the presence of toxins associated with E. coli in both children.

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.

The agency says the best defense against the bacterial illness is to thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.

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