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Kern County fair adds new sanitary stations to reduce the risk of spreading of E. coli

Posted at 7:27 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 22:27:45-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Spray, sweep and repeat is how the Kern County Fair is keeping clean with an expected 400,000 fair-goers passing through the gates this year.

The fair has added new sanitary stations to reduce the risk of spreading of E. coli 0157:H7.

Six sanitation areas have been added to the fairgrounds to help clean your shoes, stroller and wheelchair wheels.

Each station is equipped with mats, brooms and sanitary solution that is sprayed on the mats.

“People can just go ahead and walk by and clean their shoes and their strollers, the wheelchair tires and any wagons they bring in," said Margarita Vasquez, a Kern County Fair employee.

According to the CDC, this type of E. coli is the most common strain that causes illnesses.

The harmful bacteria can be spread to humans from the stool of livestock such as cows, goats and sheep. Person to person contact can also spread the illness especially in places where there is frequent and close contact.

Officials say young children infected with E. coli are at a higher risk of developing serve symptoms, which can include fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting. Symptoms typically occur 3 to 4 days after contact.

Also, additional hand washing stations have also been added throughout the fairgrounds this year.