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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Probiotics carry potentially big benefits.

They are a combo of live bacteria and yeast, and they are flooding store shelves, promising to revamp your health. Claims range from boosting your immune system and improving your digestive system to potentially helping with weight loss.

Probiotics have shown some evidence for bloating, intestinal infections and many other GI conditions. Researchers are studying them like crazy to better understand the process and find out if they can help with a host of other health issues, including weight loss, liver disease, and even type 2 diabetes.

So what foods can offer the benefits of probiotics? Yogurt, sauerkraut, soft cheeses, sourdough bread and, my favorite, sour pickles.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many have experienced the drunk hook-up, but a new study proves the same applies to vegetarians — who cheat with meat when they've had too many.

According to a survey from a coupon website called VoucherCodesPro, a poll of 1,789 British vegetarians revealed that 34 percent of them eat meat every time they get drunk.

Of that third of the respondents, U.K. Metro reports, more than 25 percent of them say they cheat on their meatless diet "often" when they're drunk, while, while 22 percent noted the cheating did occur, but "rarely."

What's more, like many drunken hook-ups, nearly 70 percent of those who cheat with meat are too embarrassed to admit it to their carnivorous friends and loved ones.

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WPBF-TV(LANTANA, Fla.) -- A Florida woman is seeking medical help after she said she mistakenly glued her eye shut with super glue.

Katherine Gaydos told ABC News affiliate WPBF-TV that she accidentally glued her eyes shut after getting debris into her eye last week.

“Something blew into my eye and I screamed for someone else to get eye drops out of my purse and they brought Super Glue,” she told WPBF-TV.

“As soon as I felt it in my eye I felt it burn and I closed my eye and screamed 'Call 911,'” she told WPBF-TV.

While Gaydos’ injury could make almost anyone cringe, experts say people mistake eye drops and Super Glue all too often.

Dr. Pankaj Gupta, assistant professor of ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, said he has seen multiple cases where people accidentally glued their eyes shut but that there are simple treatments to help them.

“The first thing I think everyone needs to know is don’t panic,” Gupta told ABC News. The eye cells will slough off and eventually loosen the grip of super glue, he explained.

“There is not a single thing that is permanent that will not slough off on its own,” he added. “In time it will go away.”

Gupta said if someone gets glue in their eye they should see an eye care doctor immediately, but not panic about permanently losing their eye sight.

Gaydos could not be reached for comment.

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Janet Weinstein/ABCNews(BETHESDA, Md.) -- It wasn’t until the third time Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows was hit by a blast that he realized something was wrong.

“My whole lower part of my body was going numb. I was starting to not feel anything,” Meadows told ABC News.

Meadows’ convoy had felt hits twice before on tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he summed up his new forgetfulness and blurred vision to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

After months of mental and physical deterioration, Meadows checked in to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland for evaluation. That’s when he was told his condition was much worse than he initially thought.

“I have damage to my frontal lobe and there’s damage in the inner center part of my brain,” Meadows said.

Today, Meadows can’t see well, has trouble working with his hands and says his “brain gets tired easily.”

But, he says, one thing has helped him through it all: clay.

“When I start molding, playing with the clay. I see a picture. That picture in the clay might be something that I could be thinking about, or something that I saw,” Meadows said. “It's like a really good, enjoyable therapy.”

Meadows is a part of a program called “IMP-ART” -- or Injured Military Personnel Art -- hosted by The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. It aims to help veterans rehabilitate through visual arts. Meadows is a rising star in the ceramics program.

“He came in with this amazing ability for proportion and story,” said Blair Meerfeld, Ceramics Department Chair of the Art League. “So we thought it’d be good to get it all out in a gallery setting.”

Meadows held a debut art show this summer at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA. The Art League said that because the public’s response to his first show was so strong, they decided to host another pop-up art show a few months later.

Each piece has a back-story to it. Meadows says he made one sculpture of a soldier holding a baby in dedication to all troops who see injured children on deployment and feel helpless.

“[The image] really gets stuck in their mind and there’s a lot of guilt,” said Meadows.

He says the most emotional piece he’s put together so far is 'Tattered and Torn' -- a sculpture of a woman kneeling at a casket with an American flag draped over it.

“I let pieces dry too fast and some of it cracked, so we decided to name it 'Tattered and Torn',” Meadows told ABC News. “It was like, people's lives were tattered and torn because of the death. A lot of people felt emotion to it.”

Meadows says working with clay has not only helped him work through issues emotionally, but has also aided with his vision and motor skills.

“It’s really helped me,” said Meadows. “It's not just this ‘girl’ thing like I had initially thought."

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ABC News(SHREWSBURY, England) -- A young British girl has volunteered to have her head shaved in an effort to raise money for the hospice that cared for her dying father.

"I'm immensely proud of her," mom Sarah Lewis-Schulz told ABC News. "I couldn't believe it. It made me really see how much determination, bravery and selflessness she has.

Lewis-Schulz said her husband, Andreas, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on April 13. Three weeks later, he was brought to Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury, England.

On May 23, the couple, who had been together for 18 years and had two children together, finally tied the knot at Severn.

"We got married in the hospice because he'd always wanted to get married," Lewis-Schulz said. "I wanted to fulfill all his dreams and wishes before it was too late."

Three days after their wedding, Andreas passed away.

"From our loss we've gained a lot more strength and togetherness," Lewis-Schulz said. "Sometimes I don't want to get out of bed in the morning, but when I see [the children's] little faces, I know I need to get on and be brave.

"With Tallulah especially, it took a little time for her emotions to come out," she added. "I think it set in for her the day before her head was shaved."

Earlier this week, Lewis-Schulz said her oldest daughter Tallulah, 10, approached her with an interesting request after listening to a radio campaign featuring "Brave the Shave" -- a cause in which people shave their heads in an effort to raise funds for cancer patients.

"We started talking about it and Tallulah said to me 'Oh I would do that and raise the money for the hospice and to thank them for all the support they gave to our family,'" Lewis-Schulz said. "I said 'Look, why don't you think about it and let me know.'"

Three days later, Lewis-Schulz said Tallulah made up her mind and received a buzz cut in front of her classmates. The local news station documented the occasion.

Over 12 inches of her hair will be donated and made into a wig for a child who's lost his or her hair from cancer treatment, Lewis-Schulz said.

"At first I was a bit apprehensive thinking Andreas wouldn't have let her do this because he was known to be a very protective father," Lewis-Schulz said. "But then Tallulah reminded me how he the hospice staff were wonderful.

"Tallulah was right," she added. "He would be really proud of her and realize the strength and determination she has a young girl."

The family has set up a page on, to collect donations for Severn Hospice. More than $7,500 has been collected so far.

“Tallulah is an amazing young lady and what she has done for Severn Hospice is absolutely incredible -- she is raising thousands of pounds for our hospice," said Lucy Ruff, fundraising manager at Severn Hospice. "Severn Hospice couldn't exist without the people in our community fundraising for us. We need to raise £7 million a year, every year, to keep providing palliative care to local people."

Lewis-Schulz said she, Tallulah and her youngest daughter Poppy will continue fundraising for the next few months. They plan on hand-delivering the money to Severn Hospice.

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Margaret Campion (HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Gerard and Meg Campion shared their lives for decades raising two daughters in Connecticut, but the husband and wife never expected that a life spent together would also mean sharing diagnosis of breast cancer.

In 2006, Gerard Campion was diagnosed first with the disease after spotting a tiny “blister”-like bump on his chest.

“It was obviously shocking. I think my first thought was, 'he’s not supposed to have this, I am,'" Meg Campion recalled of hearing her husband’s diagnosis.

She said the reason he even went in for his first diagnosis was because a friend had been diagnosed with male breast cancer and they knew a little bit about the signs. After surgery and chemotherapy, the family thought their ordeal with cancer was over.

It wasn't.

Three years later, Meg Campion received her own diagnosis of breast cancer.

Her cancer, called ductal cell carcinoma in situ, had not spread and was able to be treated with radiation and surgery. Meg Campion said during both of these diagnosis the couple sometimes kept their emotions in check in order to be strong for the other one.

“We didn’t want to upset the other one,” she said. "You kept those emotions in check. I don’t want him to worry about me. That was the exact same thing when it was my turn.”

Following two successful bouts fighting off breast cancer, it returned in 2011, unexpectedly striking Gerard Campion rather than his wife. This time, the cancer had spread to his bones -- meaning it would be incurable.

Meg Campion said they knew after two rounds of cancer, there would be no hiding feelings from one another during the difficult period.

“He’s the first to say that the cancer patient isn’t the only one with cancer. The family has cancer, too,” she said. “People have asked us, which one is [the cancer] harder on? The both of us say the spouse. The spouse is always trying to be the strong one.”

After the second diagnosis, Gerard and Meg Campion became involved with raising awareness about male breast cancer -- even lobbying the state government to declare the third week of October Male Breast Cancer Awareness week.

"He speaks at rotary clubs and Lions clubs,” she told ABC News. “Eighty percent of men don’t realize they can contract breast cancer…If it prevents one family from losing a dad or a husband, that’s why we do it.”

Additionally, Meg Campion said she and her husband hoped that by raising awareness, doctors could address male breast cancer patients directly without relying on the same pamphlets and materials given to women.

“These men need to be respected as well,” Meg Campion said. “But when your husband is handed pamphlet that says side effects of treatment can be vaginal dryness…[and is given the same five years later] your sense of humor is not there any more.”

Overall, the couple, who are now expecting two grandchildren, say the diagnosis has been “a gift” in some ways. When the couple were invited to a wedding last year in Zurich, they found a way to attend, and even expanded the trip into a tour of Italy.

“When I said it changes you, that’s how it changes you. You just all of a sudden say, 'Why not?' We’re living our life and making memories,” Meg Campion said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here’s a feel good video just in time for the weekend.

Laura and her husband just became parents after about trying to adopt for a year.

To celebrate, they staged the ultimate surprise for Laura’s mom, who was adopted herself, at her work.

“I have a gift for you,” Laura says while handing her mother a bag.

“Do you have a baby in there?” her mom jokingly replies.

“In the bag? No, there’s definitely not a baby in the bag,” Laura says.

There is, however, a baby’s onesie wrapped up inside the bag, prompting Laura's mom to immediately gasp and cover her mouth in shock.

The unsuspecting grandmother-to-be had no idea the couple had finally been matched with a baby.

“Meet your grandbaby. She is asleep,” Laura says in the touching video that has nearly 500,000 views. “Mom, sit down on the couch so you don’t pass out.”

Congratulations to them! Clearly this baby girl is going to be grandma’s pride and joy.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The fall season can often lead to falling off your diet.

As the days get cooler, Yahoo Health’s editor in chief, Michele Promaulayko, has tips to keep your waistline from getting bigger.

Diet Trap 1: Shorter Days

“You’re exposed to less natural sunlight and that triggers a dip in serotonin levels which leads to food cravings,” Promaulayko told ABC News. “You may be tempted to reach for that bread basket. Instead, go for starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and squash.”

Diet Trap 2: Seasonal Drinks

“A black cup of coffee clocks in at five calories, but as soon as you start indulging in those pumpkin spice lattes you’re chugging down hundreds of calories,” she explained. “Instead, go for the seasonally flavored teas, and if you have to get that latte, order the small, only get one pump of that sugary syrup and skip the whipped cream. That is a morning beverage, not dessert.”

Diet Trap 3: Tailgating

“Football season can wreak havoc on your waistline,” she said. “We’re talking beer, chips and chicken wings. It pays to set some smart limits. Don’t show up hungry and just try to eat a few more celery sticks than you do chicken wings.”

Cheers to a happy, healthy fall.

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ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Selena Gomez took a break early last year from touring to handle her health. Now, the 23-year-old singer is opening up about exactly what she was suffering from.

“I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke," Gomez told Billboard for its latest cover story.

According to the Mayo Clinic, lupus is "a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs." Organs affected by lupus include the kidneys, heart and lungs.

The "Come & Get It" singer also responded to rumors her time off from the spotlight was for drug or alcohol addiction.

“I wanted so badly to say, ‘You guys have no idea. I’m in chemotherapy. You’re a------.' I locked myself away until I was confident and comfortable again," she added. "I'm so f------ nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me. I’ve been working since I was 7. I’ve been a UNICEF ambassador since I was 17. It’s so disappointing that I’ve become a tabloid story."

But with an upcoming album title Revival, she said the "hate motivated me."

Then there were the body shamers she recently faced on social media, firing back, "I was in a bikini and got publicly ripped for being overweight. That was the first time I’d experienced body shaming like that. I believed some of the words they were saying."

She said she's over that now and not afraid to show off her figure, even for her upcoming album.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new live-TV event airing on Halloween will take the fear factor to a whole new low: 6 feet under.

Airing on A&E, Fear: Buried Alive will feature three people sealed in underground coffins fitted with infrared cameras and vital signs monitors.

The event is being billed as one of the most chilling psychological experiments ever on live television, and it’s meant to help people overcome their deepest fears, according to A&E.

Helping them through it is Margee Kerr, the same fear sociologist behind Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse, which is billed as the scariest haunted house in America.

The idea, Kerr said, is when pushed to confront our worst fears head-on, we come out triumphant.

“We’ve got endorphins, dopamine and adrenaline all coursing through our body and it’s making us feel euphoric, powerful, primal, strong, really awesome,” Kerr said in a video news release.

Fear raises the stakes in dramatic shows such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. Fear is invoked on the campaign trail, and on reality TV. It sells.

Last year a special on the Discovery Channel said it would feature a man being eaten alive by an anaconda. The program backfired when the man, wildlife expert Paul Rosolie, had his team run in and rescue him after the snake swallowed his head and he feared his arm would soon be broken.

Rosolie and the Discovery Channel faced a wave of backlash.

As for what people are afraid of most, a 2014 online survey on American fears conducted by Chapman University in Orange, California, found much of what you’d expect: ghosts, clowns, zombies. Creepy, crawly things.

Among the top fears was the fear of heights. And the No. 1 fear? The fear of public speaking.

Fear: Buried Alive will air Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. on A&E.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new ranking by the website QualityHealth names Denver, Colorado as the most sexually active city in the country.

The study crunched data on birth rates, contraceptive sales, and sales of adult-themed products and books to determine the rankings. The Mile High City, the survey notes, logged contraceptive sales -- and perhaps ironically, considering the former, birth rates -- that are nearly 190% higher than the national average.

Portland, Oregon came in second on the list, followed by Ann Arbor, Michigan, San Antonio, Texas in fourth place, and rounding out the top five, Boise Idaho.

By comparison, the least sexually active city, according to the list: Jacksonville, Florida.

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Pyrosky/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study found that sexual orientation may be a factor in both a person's likelihood to use indoor tanning machines and, as a result, their risk of skin cancer.

Researchers looked at data from the a series of California Health Interview Surveys and the 2013 National Health Interview Survey in an effort to analyze whether indoor tanning behaviors vary by sexual orientation. More than 190,000 participants in the surveys were identified as either heterosexual or as a sexual minority, including homosexual, gay, or bisexual.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology says that men who identified as a sexual minority were three to five times as likely as heterosexual men to have gone indoor tanning in the previous year. Those same men were more likely to have had skin cancer in their lifetime history than heterosexual men at a rate of 4.3 to 6.7 percent compared to 2.7 to 3.2 percent among heterosexual men.

Sexual minority women were less likely than heterosexual women to have reported either indoor tanning or a history of skin cancer.

The study did not determine a cause for the disparity in indoor tanning between heterosexual and sexual minority participants, though it did note the indoor tanning may play a role in the increased risk of skin cancer. In an editorial published in the same journal noted a prevailing theory related to the hostile social environment they face.

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As part of the LEAD program, police officers Victor Maes and Lesley Mills are tasked with getting to know users in the Seattle neighborhood Belltown and target those most at risk. Credit: ABC News (SEATTLE) -- In the war on drugs, Seattle police are on the frontlines, capturing users addicted to crack cocaine and heroin.

The United States is currently in one of the worst heroin epidemics in history. Heroin deaths have skyrocketed from 2002 to 2013, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But in Seattle, where heroin has been a problem for decades, authorities are taking a new approach with the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program.

Watch the full story on ABC News' Nightline Wednesday night at 12:35 a.m. ET.

“Decisions have been made to not incarcerate -- and for the right reason -- low-level drug offenders. You can’t jail or incarcerate your way out of a problem,” LEAD Officer Leslie Mills told ABC News' Nightline.

LEAD, the first program of its kind in the U.S., includes a specially trained group of officers who have the option of keeping low-level drug offenders out of jail and instead putting them onto a path to recovery. It's all part of a radical new idea that treats drug addiction as a disease, hoping a reduction in crime will follow.

"They're not bad people -- the people that are using -- they're being victimized by these drug dealers that are preying on their addictions. Of course they're not going to get better," LEAD officer Felix Reyes told Nightline.

As part of the program, the specially trained officers are tasked with getting to know users in the Seattle neighborhood Belltown and focus on those most at risk.

"Jail's always been the answer. We as officers think, 'Great, we did our job. He's gone. Now it's the jail's problem. It's the court's problem,'" LEAD officer Victor Maes told Nightline. "And basically they get right out and they are on the same path they were before. That's what's good about LEAD."

Users who join LEAD get a counselor like Najja Morris. Morris works with the police to make sure users are supported in recovery and to help users feel part of society again by finding them housing and medical care even if they continue to abuse drugs.

"There are no requirements for us to work for you or with you. I'm going to work just as hard for you if you decided that you're not ready to stop using drugs because you're not at that point," Morris told Nightline. "We work for them and show up for them, and eventually they decide they're going to work and show up for themselves."

One of Morris' clients is Turina James, whose hand is badly injured from shooting heroin at an early age. James told Nightline she first tried heroin at 17, after the death of her 1-year-old son.

"It took all the pain and sorrow, that sadness. Everything went away and I didn't feel nothing. I was numb," James, 46, said.

She became addicted, giving birth to her second child, Deanna James Lopez, while high.

Lopez said she was a teenager when she first found out her mom was high when she was born. "She just told me. 'You know, I'm not well right now,' and I didn't understand," Lopez, 25, told Nightline. She recalled thinking, "Just stop. Just fix it. Why can't she fix it?"

"And the reality is it doesn't work that way," Lopez said.

Last year, James was arrested on a drug charge, and police gave her a chance to join LEAD. Morris set up a small motel room for her to live in. Before joining LEAD, James said she slept in a small cubby hole in the side of a building.

"I'd say this was the breaking point for me, and that's why that day I went ahead and said, you know, 'I want some help,'" James said.

With drug dealers on nearly every corner, Morris keeps a watchful eye on James.

"She can [tell me anything], and she knows that. She doesn't lie because there's no reason to," Morris said. "She doesn't lie because there's not going to be a hammer if she does, so she can tell me the truth."

"It's so hard to get off drugs. It's so hard," James said. "If I go to treatment, I get out. I'm clean. They send me right back to the street, or they send me to a housing that I'm not going to be able to comply with but most of the time you go back to the street."

In the four years since the LEAD program began, overall drug crime in Belltown has dropped, according to authorities. LEAD clients are 34 to 58 percent less likely than other addicts to commit new crimes -- from shoplifting to breaking into cars -- to support their habit, and the program is being replicated throughout the country.

Not all users are eligible for LEAD. Most violent offenders with felony convictions are not chosen for the program.

"It's about preventing crime. It's about stopping things from happening. And it isn't that that individual is the problem. It's that they're the ones that are taking up your 911 service call," Mills said. "They're the ones in your hospitals. They're the ones in your treatment beds, so you have to look at each individual and find out 'Why are you here? Why do you remain here?'"

"The amount of money it takes to funnel the addicts through the system simply for being addicted is way more and is actually costing taxpayers more dollars, more than what this program is costing to give them an opportunity to actually do something different with their life than to sit in a prison cell or a jail cell," Morris said.

A few months after Nightline first met her, James is now on methadone and working to rebuild her relationship with her daughter.

"I tell her quite frequently, 'I forgive you,'" Lopez said. "I wish she just saw how wonderful she really is because I think the day she does see it is the day that she'll be alright."

"I was a happy mom, a happy wife, and right now I'm, you know, I'm getting back to myself, but I'm still a little bit of a struggle and [I have] a little bit of a road ahead of me, you know, to get there," James said. "But I will get there again."

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Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The World Health Organization announced Wednesday that last week was the first since March 2014 without a single new confirmed case of Ebola.

The international agency notes that that timespan represented the entirety of the West African Ebola outbreak, but that risk of transmission still exists. The WHO says it still has to follow up with more than 500 contacts in Guinea, and that some high-risk contacts had "been lost to follow-up." Those facts create "a near-term risk of further cases."

Still, the WHO notes that there have been fewer than 10 new cases confirmed for the last 11 weeks, and transmission of the virus has been confined to small geographical areas.

Since the outbreak began more than a year ago, 28,421 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been reported with either confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola. As of Oct. 4, 11,297 of those individuals died from the disease.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OXFORD, Maine) -- A petting zoo and animal barns at a Maine county fair are being investigated after two children who visited the fair were infected with E. coli, health officials said.

The Maine branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a probe into the cases and is currently focusing on the children's visits to the petting zoo and animal barns at the Oxford County Fair, officials said.

"Maine CDC is working with the State Veterinarian and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to investigate the fact that each child attended the Oxford Fair and visited the animal barns and petting zoo," a CDC spokesman said in a statement.

"Shiga toxins," which are associated with E. coli, were found in laboratory tests earlier this week, health officials said.

The Oxford County Fair did not immediately respond to calls from ABC News seeking comment. The fair ran from Sept. 16 to 19.

One of those infected was identified by his family as 20-month-old Colton Guay, according to ABC's Portland affiliate WMTW-TV. A week after visiting the fair, the toddler developed symptoms of E. coli infection, including severe diarrhea, before he was hospitalized, his father told WMTW-TV, noting that Colton later died from a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

"To the best of our knowledge, he never touched an animal but he was in the petting zoo," Colton's grandmother, Lucy Guay, told ABC News on Wednesday, adding that Colton was admitted to the hospital on Sept. 29 and died on Monday.

The boy's parents are devastated, she said. "He had a smile that would win everyone over. He was daddy's little buddy and mama's little man," she said.

The CDC has not disclosed the condition of the other infected child.

HUS is most likely to affect young children with E. coli and occurs when red blood cells are destroyed and start to clog the kidneys. Younger children can be especially susceptible to E. coli infections, since their immune systems are not fully developed.

E. coli bacteria is naturally occurring and often live in the intestines of both people and animals. If people are exposed to a strain of E. coli bacteria that is infectious, they can become ill. The bacteria is often spread through contaminated food or water, or contact with animals or infected people.

"As the agricultural fair season winds down, it's important that those who are exposed to animals and their environment wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water," a CDC spokesman said in a statement. "This offers the best protection against E. coli."

State veterinarian Dr. Michele Walsh told WMTW-TV that her office was working with Oxford County Fair officials and that inspectors are looking to sample animals for signs of the bacteria.

"It's a challenge to get a smoking gun," Walsh told WMTW-TV about testing animals.

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