A handful of people in Coffee County came down with a mysterious rash. Each of them had visited the county fair in Manchester, many are now wondering if that's where they were infected.
Teresa Katro said it feels like she's been to hell and back.
"It just felt like my skin was on fire," Katro said. "My skin was burning, and very, very red, everywhere hurt."
The Cannon County woman came down with a severe rash. It started with watery eyes and itchy hands, but it got worse.
"My hives would be on the top of my thighs at one point, and then on my abdomen, and then on my back," Katro said. "It kept changing places."
Katro said she began to break out after leaving the Cannon County Fair in late September.
"I was there with 12 members of my family and none of them got what I had," she said.
She suffered for almost two days; using oatmeal on her skin and Benadryl to get some relief. She had trouble breathing, and ended up in the emergency room at United Regional Medical Center.
"My face started swelling, and I thought my throat would close up," Katro said.
She was not alone; a total of five people complained similar symptoms.
Kathy Highland, a nurse practitioner, saw two of the patients at her private practice. Katro was the most severe.
"Hers was a severe allergic reaction," Highland said.
The only correlation between the five patients is they all attended the county fair. They just want to know the source.
"It could be anything like pesticides mixed with fertilizer mixed manure, and that's not a good combination, that's dangerous," Katro said.
Katro is now rash free, but she keeps an EpiPen Kit just in case she breaks out again.
Katro was referred to an allergist, and had blood drawn which was sent to be tested. She hopes to find the cause of her rash so she will be able to prevent it in the future.
We did reach out to several fair board members, but our calls were not returned.
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