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Oregon Restaurant Ruled Out as the Source of Recent E. Coli Infections

Aubrie Utter

The Lincoln County Public Health Division in Newport, OR, announced Wednesday that the restaurant in Otis, OR, where Serena Profitt, 4, and her friend, Brad Sutton, 5, shared a turkey sandwich over Labor Day weekend was not the source of E. coli infection that later killed the girl, hospitalized her friend, and may have sickened a… Continue Reading

Five Kentucky Children Hit With Kidney Disease Usually Caused by E. Coli

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Five children were reportedly in a Louisville, KY, hospital on Friday being treated for hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a potentially fatal kidney disease typically caused by an E. coli infection. Three of the children are from Hardin County, one is from Oldham County, and one is from Boone County. Their ages were not… Continue Reading

Oregon Officials Say Source of Deadly E. Coli Infection May Never be Found

Serena Profitt

Health officials in Oregon are testing several possible contaminants that could be the source of the E. coli infection that killed a 4-year-old Oregon girl this week, but they warn that the source may never be found. Serena Profitt died on Monday in Portland after suffering from an E. coli infection for more than a… Continue Reading

E. Coli Infection Kills Washington Girl, 3

Brooklyn Hoksbergen

Brooklyn Hoksbergen, 3, of Lynden, WA, died Sept. 5 from an E. coli infection at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her father, Rob Hoksbergen, said the family doesn’t know how or where she became ill and that they are working with the Whatcom County Health Department to find a potential source of her illness. Brooklyn was the… Continue Reading

Oregon Girl, 4, Dies From Complications Linked to E. Coli

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A 4-year-old Oregon girl has died from medical complications possibly resulting from an E. coli infection contracted sometime just before Labor Day weekend, according to the girl’s uncle, who spoke with Food Safety News. Serena Profitt of Otis, OR, died Monday at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Her symptoms of E. coli infection first appeared around… Continue Reading

Last Year’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickened 1,444 People in Europe

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At least 1,444 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in 12 European countries in connection with a variety of mixed berry products last year, according to the final outbreak report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The first signs of the outbreak emerged in May 2013, when Germany reported seven infections in people who… Continue Reading

California Restaurant Closed for Two Days While Shigella Outbreak Investigated

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True Food Kitchen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, CA, was closed for two days in late August while public health officials investigated six cases of Shigella infection. According to a Sept. 4 media report, those sickened tested positive for the intestinal bacteria, which causes severe diarrhea. Each person who became ill reportedly ate a meal… Continue Reading

Of Eight Multistate Salmonella Outbreaks So Far This Year, Was This One Different?

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The first seven multistate outbreaks of Salmonella all began the same way. State health departments and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began investigating human infections reported up the chain after the sickened individuals began showing up at doctor’s offices and medical clinics. By investigating those reports, state and federal health officials… Continue Reading

DeCosters, Quality Egg LLC Object to Pre-Sentence Investigation Reports

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The defendants in the criminal case involving Quality Egg LLC, including Austin (Jack) DoCoster and his son Peter, are objecting to the pre-sentence investigation reports that have been filed under seal with the court. Both the Aug. 14 reports and the Aug. 28 objections filed against them by the defendants are sealed, making it impossible… Continue Reading

State Halts Raw Milk Sales From Idaho Dairy

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The sale of raw milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres in Parma, ID, has been put on hold until further notice by the Idaho Department of Agriculture after recently testing positive for Cryptosporidium. Milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres tested positive for the parasite the week of Aug. 24, according to news reports. Two Canyon County residents who… Continue Reading