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Two toddlers in Maine suffered severe E. coli infection in last week. State health officials who are investigating the issue suspect that the kids might have got infected during their visit to the Oxford County fair where both boys went for a visit.
The parents of Colton, a 20-month-old toddler, are grieving in pain over the loss of their son. The other boy, Myles Jacob Herschaft is 17-month-old from Auburn, also diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome.
Herschaft is being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland, where his condition was upgraded Wednesday evening from critical to fair. According to doctors both the kids were not acquainted but shared something in common, i.e. they attended the Oxford County Fair in September and touched animals at its petting zoo.
An online fundraising campaign was also started by family and friends of the Herschaft to help the boy’s parents pay medical costs. As of Wednesday evening, they had raised more than $2,000 on GoFundMe.
The state Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it is investigating into the matter and is looking for common links. A CDC spokesman said in a statement that CDC is also sending a state veterinarian and Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the fair for investigation.
Jon Guay, Colton’s father wrote, “I have learned that there is no pain worse than losing the life of your child [sic]. I am relieved to know that he is in a better place free from any further pain or suffering”.
State health officials said the only way to prevent infection is to wash hand with soap and water or using a few type of hand sanitizers after touching farm animals.
“Myles is looking at a long hospitalization. His parents, Victor and Kaitlyn Herschaft are by his side 24/7. As you can imagine being away from home, missing work, the daily escalating medical costs are overwhelming for such a young family,” the message says. “We are trying to help in every way we can so his parents won’t be overwhelmed with mounting bills.”
“We are taking it day by day,” Herschaft wrote. “Though his days are long he continues to be the little fighter he always was.”