Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

September 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Oregon girl, 4, dies of E. coli infection

A 4-year-old girl from Oregon has died from complications associated with a strain of E. coli that her family says she contracted over the Labor Day weekend.

Serena Faith Profitt died Monday at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, the Oregonian reported. She tested positive for E. coli, but the state public health lab hasn’t confirmed the strain, the hospital said in a statement.

Serena had played with other children on Labor Day weekend at a gathering in Otis, Lincoln County. She shared a turkey sandwich with a 5-year-old boy who is now being treated for kidney failure at a Tacoma hospital. Both children complained of fevers and abdominal cramps two days later. Serena’s symptoms worsened, and she was pronounced brain-dead after she suffered a stroke on Sunday.

Lincoln County and Oregon Public Health Division officials are investigating, the Oregonian reported.

E. coli can be acquired by eating contaminated food, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Rare or inadequately cooked meat is the most common source of the infection, but fresh vegetables, unpasteurized fruit juices and raw milk also cause outbreaks. Symptoms often include severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps, which appear between three and nine days after exposure.

There are 150 to 300 reported cases in Washington annually, according to the health department. Two cases were reported in King County and three cases were reported in Spokane County in May; the outbreak was linked to contaminated raw clover sprouts from an Idaho producer.

Comments | More in Health | Topics: E. coli, Oregon

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►