FRYEBURG – A toddler is fighting for his life after being exposed to e-coli bacteria. The bacteria, also killing another toddler, earlier this week.
Parents of the two children say both contracted a syndrome, where the bacteria attacks organs, causing them to fail.
The Maine Center for Disease Control is working with the state veterinarian to investigate any common links between these two cases. And that includes the fact that both children visited the petting zoo here at the Oxford Fair.”
17 month old Myles Jacob Herschaft is the second boy fighting this very serious illness. Myles’ father, Victor Herschaft, says the disease is destroying his son’s red blood cells and is causing life threatening kidney failure.
Myles is in the pediatric intensive care unit at Maine Medical Center where doctors are treating him with daily dialysis and blood transfusions. Herschaft says he and his wife are by his side 24/7.
He posted this on Facebook “Everyone please pray for our boy and have faith. Myles has a long road ahead of him, but he is a fighter and the strongest person i know.”
On Monday, 20 month old Colton Guay lost his battle with this deadly disease. Colton and Myles and the families didn’t know one another.
This barn is where both fathers believe their sons picked up E Coli last month. It’s the petting zoo at the Oxford Fair. A spokesman for Maine’s Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says they’re working with the Maine CDC on both cases. He says the state veterinarian has collected the bedding and droppings from the petting barn and will test for the presence of E Coli.
Meantime, the Maine CDC and people at the Fryeburg Fair are warning people to frequently wash their hands if they are around any of the animals.
Fryeburg Fair veterinarian Mark Anderson “Obviously if this were an every day occurrence, or anything even close to that, we wouldn’t even have petting zoos. But it’s an extremely rare event. And I think it gives us all pause and helps us to remember to keep in mind some protocols to help prevent these problems.”
The Maine CDC says they are also investigating if the two children had any common exposure to E Coli other than here at the fair.