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State investigating E.coli outbreak linked to Lebanon farm

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Oak Leaf Farm voluntarily closed to visitors for the weekend after six people contracted E.coli. (WFSB) Oak Leaf Farm voluntarily closed to visitors for the weekend after six people contracted E.coli. (WFSB)
LEBANON, CT (WFSB) -

A recent E.coli infection involving a goat farm in Lebanon have many families concerned about future infections.

Oak Leaf Farm voluntarily closed to visitors for the weekend after six people contracted E.coli.

While state health officials look into what caused the E.coli outbreak associated with a goat farm in Lebanon. Eyewitness News visited another family farm that's opened to visitors and sells products. The owners said keeping things sanitized is key.

There were 150 baby lambs born so far in the lambing season at Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm.

Farm owners Suzanne and Stan Sankow set up hand washing stations, so their visitors can have a healthy experience interacting with nature.

"It is an attraction and I hope this can keep up,” Suzanne Sankow said.

Suzanne Sankow explained the state tests for E.coli and major pathogens four times a year and they've never had an outbreak.  

On Thursday, seven people in Connecticut were identified as contracting E.coli and at least six of them visited the Oak Leaf Farm.  The family-run farm, which sells goat milk and cheese, voluntarily closed for the weekend. Its owners did not want to comment to Eyewitness News.  

The Center for Disease Control said two patients were hospitalized. E.Coli comes from animal and human waste. Symptoms include: abdominal cramps, watery diarrhea and fatigue.

State health experts warned visitors to local farms to wash hands thoroughly after touching animals and before eating. This precaution is essential for his family's safety.

"The education she gives us for free up here is second to none. It’s hard to find elsewhere,” Rip Littig, of Fairfield, said. “We really enjoy it and a little bit of hand washing takes some of the risks away."

Exactly how the seven become infected is being investigated by local health agency and the Center for Disease Control.  

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