September 21, 2014

Investigation of Fatal E. coli Case in Lynden, WA Ends

E. coli HUS

Health officials have ended their investigation of an E.coli infection that took the life of Brooklyn Hoksbergen, 3. They were unable to determine how the preschooler contracted the infection at the end of August but said they could not find evidence linking her case to three others  in Oregon. Citing privacy laws, state health officials in Oregon have not been forthcoming with information on the investigation of E.coli-induced hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)  that hospitalized three children with kidney failure, killing one of them. On Wednesday, Lincoln County health officials said an Otis, Oregon restaurant, where two of the children   shared a sandwich before they became ill, had been ruled out as a potential source. The families of two of the children are friends and spent the … [Read more...]

Source of Oregon E. coli Cases is Not Otis Restaurant, But What Is?

E. coli in OR

An Otis, Oregon restaurant is not the source of E coli poisoning that has has put a 5-year-old boy in the hospital with kidney failure and taken the life of his for 4-year-old friend, Lincoln County health officials said yesterday in a statement. All tests for E.coli on samples taken from the restaurant where the friends shared a turkey sandwich Labor Day weekend were negative. Brad Sutton, 5, has been on dialysis for a week as he battles kidney failure from E. coli-induced hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a complication affecting 10 to 15 percent of children with E.coli infections. "HUS is the most common cause of kidney injury to children," said Elliot Olsen, a food safety attorney with PritzkerOlsen law firm. About 50 percent of children with HUS develop kidney failure, he said. It … [Read more...]

Harvard Developing Device to Filter Pathogens Out of Blood


Researchers at Harvard University are developing a medical device that replicates the function of the human spleen. The scientists say that it can filter pathogens from E. coli bacteria to the Ebola virus. The device, called a biospleen, is under development at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The device was primarily developed to treat sepsis, which is a blood infection. The biospleen filters out live and dead pathogens along with dangerous toxins that these pathogens sometimes create. The device removes the pathogens and toxins without having to identify them first. As drug-resistant bacteria continue to evolve and develop, creating a device that will remove these pathogens from the blood quickly without a diagnosis is becoming critical to … [Read more...]

Kentucky E.coli Outbreak Sickens 6 Children

Six children are part of an E. coli outbreak in KY

An E.coli outbreak in Kentucky has sickened six children,  four of whom are hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a spokeswoman for the state department for public health said today. The children range in age from 18 months to 6 years old, said Gwenda Bond, Assistant Communications Director for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The cases include a pair of siblings and two other children from Hardin County, one child from Oldham County and one child from Boone County. A case from Nelson county was also recently reported but is not believed to be part of the outbreak. The newly reported Boone County case patient is not hospitalized and does have HUS, the life-threatening complication  of some E.coli infections that can cause kidney failure, stroke, … [Read more...]

Diaper Full of Blood, E.coli HUS Strikes 3rd Child in Oregon

Is watermelon or petting zoo the source of E. coli HUS clusters in OR and KY

Aubrie Utter, 3, is the third Oregon child to be diagnosed wit E.coli HUS kidney failure since the end of August, KATU-TV reports. Aubrie's  parents think the cases may be related, all three children spent time near the South Santiam River and all three ate watermelon they bought from a Walmart in Lebanon before they got sick. Aubrie celebrated her birthday at Waterloo Park on August 23.  They used a park tap to wash hands and another to fill water balloons. Later that night, Aubrie woke up with a stomachache and diarrhea. They brought her to a clinic, and just like Serena Profitt's family, they were told it was a virus and sent home. Aubrie got worse. Katie Hendricks said when she opened her daughter's diaper and found it full of blood, they brought Aubrie back to the clinic and … [Read more...]

E. coli HUS Strikes 5 Children in Kentucky

E. coli HUS 5 Sick in KY

Five Kentucky children have been hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening condition that develops in some young children with E. coli infections, according to the Courier-Journal. The children, who are from three counties, are all being treated at Kosair Children's Hospital. The state health department is investigating the cluster of illnesses, but has not yet determined the source. Kidney failure, seizure and stroke are all possible complications of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a condition that develops in about 15 percent of pediatric E. coli infections. Children under 10 are at most at risk for HUS because their immune systems have not fully developed. Blood transfusion or dialysis is sometimes used to treat patients with HUS including Brad Sutton, … [Read more...]

Deadly E. coli Cases in Pacific NW Have Officials Scrambling to Find Source

E. coli HUS

E.coli illnesses that have killed two children and left another hospitalized in serious condition have health authorities in the Pacific Northwest scrambling to find the source. At this point in the investigation, they believe two of the cases are linked but do not believe that there is a public health threat. The two cases that are likely linked are Brad Sutton, 5, and his friend Serena Profitt, 4. Their families have been lifelong friends and spent the last two weekends of August together. During that time, the children swam in a pond fed by running irrigation water, shared a turkey sandwich at a restaurant and had exposure to a goat and other animals. All three are potential sources of the infection. Symptoms of an E. coli infection, which include bloody diarrhea and abdominal … [Read more...]

E. coli Takes Life of Washington Girl, 3

E. coli kills two children inPacific Northwest

A 3-year-old Washington girl has died from an E. coli infection.  Brooklyn Hoksbergen was admitted to Children's Hospital Wednesday and passed away on Friday. Her family does not know how she contracted the infection.  Health authorities are investigating. At this point, they do not think Brooklyn's death is related to two other E. coli cases on the Oregon coast. Brad Sutton, 5, and his friend Serena Profitt, 4, spent Labor Day weekend together and became ill a few days later.  Brad is on dialysis at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Serena died Monday at  Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. E.coli is transmitted when contaminated food or water is ingested, or through contact with farm animals. Children under 10 are at special risk for E.coli infections because their immune systems … [Read more...]

E. coli Leaves 1 Child Dead, Another Fighting for Life

E. coli HUS 5 Sick in KY

Brad Sutton, 5, and his friend Serena Profitt, 4, went swimming and shared a restaurant sandwich on Labor Day weekend. Days later, both children became gravely ill with E.coli infections. Now Brad is on dialysis fighting for his life and both families are mourning the loss of Serena who died on Monday at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Both children developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a complication of E.coli infections that leads to kidney failure. HUS, which generally occurs around the eighth day after of an E. coli infection,  most often affects young children.  About 15 percent of  children under ten who contract an E. coli infection develop HUS.  In addition to kidney failure, HUS can cause blindness, convulsions, heart attack, seizures, stroke and coma. Dialysis is one of … [Read more...]

E. coli Takes Life of 4-Year-Old Oregon Girl

Is watermelon or petting zoo the source of E. coli HUS clusters in OR and KY

A 4-year-old Oregon girl has died from complications of an E.coli infection she contracted Labor Day weekend.  Serena Profitt was surrounded by her family and friends when she was removed from life support at Doernbecher Children's Hospital around 9:30 p.m. last night. "She's the most vibrant young girl ever; she's just sweet loving and so amazing, so smart, just a heart that is of gold," aunt Aleahsa Hargitt, told Fox 12 News. Serena became sick after a visit to Lincoln City. Her family brought her to a hospital in McMinnville. After she went into kidney failure, she was rushed to Doernbecher where she was diagnosed with E. coli. She seemed fine on Sunday morning, but suffered a stroke at 4:00 p.m. Serena was suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication  that … [Read more...]

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