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Mom speaks out after daughter gets E.coli from CT farm

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A worried mother is speaking out after her daughter got severely sick after a fun visit to a family-friendly goat farm.

Her daughter is one of more than three dozen families whose loved ones came down with serious cases of E.coli.

As of Wednesday, the state’s Department of Health confirms there have been 41 cases of E.coli linked to the Oak Leaf Dairy Farm in Lebanon.

Over the past two weeks, eight alone were treated at L&M Hospital, including a 2-year-old girl from southeast Connecticut.

On Wednesday, Linda Suriyakham said her daughter has been out of the hospital for about five days. Two weeks ago, they visited the Lebanon farm to feed and play with baby goats.

After four days, Suriyakham said her daughter became violently ill, with vomiting and diarrhea.

"By Monday morning I noticed she had some jaundice around her face so I called her doctor’s office and they said take her to the ER,” Suriyakham said.

Her daughter wasn’t alone. Forty-one other visitors to the farm, varying in age from 9 months old to 45 years old, had confirmed cases of E.coli linked to the farm.

Suriyakham’s daughter was transferred to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island.

"She ended up having a real severe complication from the E.coli 157 so her red blood cells were breaking down,” Suriyakham said.

Meanwhile Oak Leaf Farm’s barn remains closed until further notice, and the farm is cooperating with investigators. Regardless of the cause of these illnesses, we feel absolutely terrible that anyone might have gotten sick under those circumstances, and sincerely wish everyone involved a speedy and healthy recovery.”

The state’s Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the investigation will last several weeks.

There is no evidence that the milk and other products sold at the farm were the cause.

Suriyakham said she believes the direct contact and interaction with the animals is the source of the outbreak.

"That's one thing that the doctors told us that soap and water is the only way to really protect yourself,” Suriyakham said.

To prevent against E.coli:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after interacting with farm animals using the restroom or changing a child's diaper.
  • Wash your hands before and after preparing food for yourself and others.
  • Stay home from school or work while diarrhea persists

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