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Three Cases of E. Coli in North Dakota Possibly Linked to Fair

The North Dakota Department of Health is investigating a possible cluster of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections in eastern North Dakota. Three cases have been reported, all of whom are younger than 18 years of age, and all of whom reported attending the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo, ND, which was held July… Continue Reading

What Parents Need to Know About E. Coli

September has proven to be a tragic month in terms of E. coli infecting children. At the beginning of the month, two young girls in the Pacific Northwest died from unrelated E. coli O157:H7 infections. First, the bacteria took the life of 4-year-old Oregonian Serena Profitt on Sept. 8, and then, days later, 3-year-old Brooklyn… Continue Reading

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

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

Kansas Officials Say Four of Seven Current E. coli Cases Linked to Private Event

Four cases of E. coli O157:H7 in the Wichita, KS, area stem from contamination at a private event and are not related to last Monday’s Wolverine Packing Co. recall of about 1.8 million pounds of pathogen-tainted beef. Those infected at the private event, about which no details were released, include two people from Sedgwick County… Continue Reading

Video: Parents of Sickened Girl Urge Others Not to Feed Children Raw Milk

Kylee Young was 23 months old when she contracted an E. coli O157:H7 infection from drinking raw milk. The illness hospitalized her for months, caused her to have a stroke and eventually required her to receive a kidney transplanted from her mother. Kylee’s parents, Jill Brown and Jason Young, are now speaking out to urge… Continue Reading

A Mom and a Dairyman Plead: Don’t Feed Children Raw Milk

Kylee Young was a healthy two-year-old when she contracted an E. coli infection from drinking raw milk, an illness that caused a stroke and culminated in a kidney transplanted from her mom.

Two years ago, when Oregon parents Jill Brown and Jason Young met Brad and Tricia Salyers, the families had no idea that they would eventually be sharing in a tragedy that sickened four of the Salyers’ children and left Brown and Young’s youngest child, Kylee – 23 months old at the time – with such… Continue Reading

E. Coli Sickens 7 in Connecticut; No Source Confirmed

Seven people in Connecticut are confirmed ill with E. coli infections in the Windham/Willimantic area, according to local news station WFSB. The source of the illnesses is not known. Two of the cases have developed into hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially fatal kidney disease associated with severe E. coli outbreaks. Those two patients remain… Continue Reading

NC Officials Suspect E. Coli Infection in Three Children

Health officials in North Carolina’s Davidson County now say they are investigating illnesses in three children possibly infected with E. coli. The news on Monday came after officials already reported two children sick over the weekend. The first two children attend Tyro Middle School and were both hospitalized Friday after suffering from severely bloody diarrhea… Continue Reading

Humboldt County E. Coli Outbreak Investigation Suspended

Public health officials in California’s Humboldt County have suspended an investigation into five related E. coli illnesses because they do not have enough evidence to determine a common food source, according to the Eureka Times-Standard. The particular strain of E. coli O157:H7 affecting the patients had not been found in any other cases in California. Those… Continue Reading

Girl Fights E. Coli from Raw Milk as Medical Bills Mount

Almost lost in the flurry of “food-freedom” comments on the Facebook page of an eastern Tennessee raw-milk dairy farm that has been linked to an E. coli outbreak is the plight of five-year-old Maddie Powell, who remains hospitalized after developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially fatal kidney disease associated with severe E. coli infections…. Continue Reading