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LOUISVILLE (WAVE) - Three people who contracted E. coli visited Huber's Orchard and Winery between September 20 and September 28, according to Louisville Metro Health and Wellness officials.  

Lab tests confirm the three cases are linked. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) tests, commonly known as genetic fingerprinting, indicate the E-coli cases of two Louisville residents and one Indiana resident have similarities. 

Huber's Orchard and Winery is one of several factors pertaining to the source of the bacterium. Dana Huber, a Huber's spokesperson, acknowledged inspectors are looking into animals part of a petting and feeding area.  

"It does appear the Family Farm Park is the focus," said Huber. "Proactively, last Thursday, October 10, we made a decision to relocate our animals to another part of the farm park so they were out of the animal petting area."  

"I'm a mother, too," Huber added. "Our concerns and thoughts go out to those families affected. I would also share with those families, again, we're committed and our first priority is the health and safety of our guests."  

The Indiana Board of Animal Health will send a veterinarian and additional personnel to the farm as part of a state investigation, according to spokesperson Denise Derrer. 

The Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Board of Animal Health have taken over the investigation from Metro Health and KY Cabinet of Health.  

State and local officials said Huber's owners have been fully cooperative.

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