M FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2001 NATION THE SAUNA JOURNAL T E. COLI Thousands exposed to E. Goli Farm animal exhibits believed to be harboring bacteria By ERIN McCLAM The Associated Press ATLANTA — Thousands of children are being exposed to dangerous E. coli bacteria at petting zoos and county fairs, the government said Thursday in releasing new warnings about farm animal exhibits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited E. coli outbreaks last year that sickened 56 people, including dozens of children, at a dairy farm in Pennsylvania and a petting zoo in Washington state. The children touched goats, cows, chickens and other farfti animals, then put their hands to their imouths — either by eating and drinking near the animals or by chewing their fingernails or sucking on pacifiers. The CDC issued new guidelines for open animal exhibits, stressing that organizers should provide more adequate hand-washing facilities and ban hand-to-mouth contact close to the animals. "A lot of people go to these things," CDC epidemiologist John Crump said. "There are people who are more susceptible to getting more serious illness, and those people are children." In Pennsylvania, 51 people — mostly children — became sick from E. coli last fall after visiting a dairy farm where the public can touch the animals. The CDC said sinks for washing were out of children's reach. Last spring, four people became sick at the Washington petting zoo. A fifth was sickened after a sibling visited the zoo. Nineteen of the 56 people were hospitalized. Symptoms of E. coli infection include fever, vomiting and severe diarrhea. At the Pennsylvania farm — Merrymead Farm of Lansdale — owners are installing double fencing around animals and adding washing stations, spokesman Steve Quigley said. But Quigley said concern should not be limited to animal farms and petting zoos. "What happens when your neighbor wanders over and the child pets your dog without knowing it?" he said. "It's a national problem." Never Sets" Year End School Parties Family & Class Reunions Church Youth Groups T SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR Blastoff! Endeavour crew to work on space station By MARCIA DUNN The Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Space shuttle Endeavour thundered into orbit Thursday, carrying seven astronauts on a mission to install a massive billion-dollar robot arm on the international space station. Endeavour lifted off at 1:40 p.m., right on time. "Good luck and have fun on the international space station," launch director Mike Leinbach told the astronauts. It was a fine day for flying and not just because of the good weather Thursday marked the 30th anniversary of the launch of the world's first space station, the Soviet Union's Salyut 1. The difference between then and now was especially striking, given the composition of Endeavour's crew. The astronauts come from four countries, making this the most internationally diverse space crew ever. "Ciao, Italia!" Italian astronaut Umberto Guidoni shouted to well-wishers on his way to the shuttle. Also represented on the crew: Canada, Russia and the United States. About 20,000 guests from around the world jammed in- The Associated Press Space shuttle Endeavour heads for orbit after lifting off Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. to Kennedy Space Center for the launch, drawn by not only the international shuttle crew but the convenient liftoff time and the Easter holiday break. The space station was soaring over the Indian Ocean, near the Maldives, when Endeavour bolted off its launch pad and punched through clouds. The shuttle will catch up with the station on Saturday This will be the most complicated robotics mission ever attempted in space. The shuttle's own 50-foot robot arm will be used to hook up the even bigger and fancier space station arm. The work will require two creWs — one in the shuttle and one in the station — and at least two spacewalks next week. The grand finale will come when the two jointed arms exchange a packing crate. With a hand on each end, the 58-foot robot arm is capable of moving across the space station like an inchworm. "It's a monstrous self-propelled vehicle of its own," said Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut who will unfold his country's space station contribution once it's attached. The robot arm is so long and so massive — more than 3,600 pounds — that it had to be double-folded and held in place aboard Endeavour with 4-foot bolts. Four of the astronauts are trained to operate Endeavour's robot arm, which will be used not only for installing the station arm but for attaching an Italian-built cargo carrier named Raffaello during the 11-day mission. INTERNET TWINS Disputed twins return to biological parents 10-month-olds spent most of lives away from natural parents By JOE STANGE The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — The "Internet Twins" are back in Missouri after spending most of their lives away from their natural parents. What was once an international custody dispute is now the home-grown kind. Bill Meehan, a lawyer for mother Tranda Wecker, said she and her estranged husband, Aaron, should soon be able to see the nearly 10-month- old twins. Under the supervision of St. Louis Family Court and Missouri family services officials, the Weckers will begin a "re unification process," Meehan told CNN. The Weckers "will get a checklist of things to do and when they typically meet those types of things, the twins will be gradually reunited with the family," he said. The twins, named Kiara and Keyara Wecker at birth, returned to St. Louis Wednesday accompanied by three British social workers, said officials in Flintshire County Wales, which previously had custody Meehan said the arrival had been kept a secret "because we didn't want any kind of scene at the airport." 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