E. Coli Kills Colorado Boy

 

A three-year-old Arapahoe County, Colorado boy died last Friday from an E. coli infection, according to Tri-County health officials. However, they are uncertain what caused the infection in the first place, and are uncertain as to which strain of E. coli the child had. Though several E. coli scares have rattled the country this year, the deadly strain of the bacteria is rare.

E. coli, the common name for Escherichia coli is commonly found in the intestine. The presence of E. coli that sickens people is usually contracted through undercooked meat or contact with feces. Fruit and vegetables washed with dirty water may also contain the presence of E. coli.

The child attended a private day care center, and an agency spokesman says that there is a chance that fecal contamination spread to toys or food is a possibility due to young children having their diapers changed. However, the parents of other children at the daycare have been notified that an investigation is still on-going. Investigators are hoping to get stool samples to find out the source of the contamination.

E. coli is a usually harmless bacterium but can cause food poisoning, diarrhea, vomiting, urinary tract infections, kidney failure, brain damage and death.