Girl sickened after visiting pumpkin patch petting zoo suffers kidney failure


One of the children who fell ill after visiting a petting zoo at a pumpkin patch in Dayton is battling kidney failure, Fox 9 reports.

Emma Heidish, 7, is one of three children sickened by E. coli after visiting Dehn's Pumpkins earlier this month. She has a strain of the bacteria designated 0157, which only worsens with antibiotic treatment, her father, Spencer Heidish, says.

According to Spencer Heidish, Emma Heidish has a form of kidney failure called HUS. She has already spent more than a week in the hospital, and could be there another two to six weeks depending on how fast the infection works itself out.

The owners of Dehn's Pumpkins, meanwhile, have closed off the petting zoo at the facility and haven't decided if they will make it available again next year.

While E. coli is typically associated with ground beef, the bacteria can also lurk in cattle's fur.

WebMD has tips on how children can avoid contracting diseases at petting zoos.

The Minnesota Department of Health has more information on the E. coli bacteria, which has hundreds of strains.

Symptoms of E. coli include dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps within a week after exposure.


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