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Lawsuit filed against fair, petting zoo owner in Cleveland County Fair E.coli outbreak

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

The family of a toddler who died from last year's E.coli outbreak at the Cleveland County Fair has filed a lawsuit against the fair and the Circle G Ranch.

The family's attorney, Fred Pritzker, made the announcement on his blog Wednesday.

Greg LeFevers, 2, of Gaston County, died last October after he and his family visited the petting zoo at the Cleveland County Fair.

The lawsuit alleges the owner of the petting zoo animals, Circle G Ranch, and the Cleveland County Fair were negligent, meaning the death was preventable.

"Owners of petting zoos are responsible for illnesses caused by their animals," Pritzker said in his post. "In this case, the petting zoo was part of a county fair, so the county fair organization is also responsible."

The NC Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that several animals at the petting zoo had E.coli.

E.coli can spread to humans from the animals fecal matter.

All total, the state confirmed 106 cases of e.coli from the fair last fall. They cases stretched to Gaston, Catawba, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union counties.

Cherokee and York Counties in South Carolina had three confirmed cases.

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