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October 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Mercer Island water continues to test clean for E. coli

The city of Mercer Island says 400 waters samples tested since Oct. 2 have all been found to be free of E. coli the prompted back-to-back boil water advisories. The Seattle suburb also said Wednesday that one resident who became sick during the incident was tested and found to have a serious strain of the bacteria…


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October 15, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Oregon girl’s E. coli death blamed on droppings from a goat named Cathy

From the Associated Press: The parents of a Lincoln County girl who died last month of E. coli bacteria say public health officials suspect the 4-year-old was infected by dropping from the family’s goat. But Rachel Profitt told The Oregonian lab tests have not been conclusive and the investigation continues into the death of her daughter Serena. Proffit…


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October 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Boil-water alert ends; Mercer Islanders should take these sanitation steps

Mercer Island’s boil-water alert, in effect for most of the last week and a half, was just lifted. The city made the announcement at noon Wednesday after city, county and state officials convened in the morning to come up with a timeline for getting Mercer Island back to normal after the E. coli contamination. Restaurants that have…


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October 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Mercer Island may lift boil-water alert soon

Mercer Island still doesn’t know when exactly it will lift its boil-water alert, which has been in effect for much of the last week and a half. But now that pipe inspections have concluded without finding any potential E. coli bacteria contamination source, the city says officials will decide Wednesday morning on a timeline for lifting…


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October 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Mercer Island remains on a boil-water alert Monday

UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.| Water samples taken Sunday have tested clean, according to a Mercer Island news release. This is the fourth day in a row that water samples have tested negative for E. coli contamination, but detective work on Mercer Island’s water pipes continue. Seattle Public Utilities, which sends Mercer Island its water from the Cedar…


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October 5, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Possible E. coli infection found in Mercer Island child

Public health officials are investigating the first report of a possible E. coli infection on Mercer Island since boil-water advisories started last weekend. Initial tests show a child may be infected with E. coli 0157, but the diagnosis won’t be confirmed until later this week by the state laboratory, Public Health spokeswoman Hilary Karasz said. The…


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October 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Mercer Island to residents: keep boiling water

Mercer Island’s boil-water advisory remains in effect Saturday, and it is still unclear when it will be lifted. Test results from 18 water samples collected Friday, including seven from residential properties, revealed no presence of E. coli or other bacteria. Thursday’s samples were also clear. Another 18 samples were collected Saturday, to be analyzed overnight. The results…


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October 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Some Mercer Island restaurants may reopen today

Four restaurants on Mercer Island have been cleared to reopen Friday,  serving limited menus of prepackaged foods that don’t require water. Several more may get the go-ahead later in the day, said Sharon Bogan, of Public Health – Seattle and King County. The boil-water alert instituted Thursday remains in effect for the island’s 23,000 residents. But test results…


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September 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Mercer Island says water clear of E. coli; source not found

Mayor Bruce Bassett announced that Mercer Island water is clear of E. coli on Monday morning. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times) UPDATE, 11:30 a.m. | A  source for the E. Coli contamination could not be found after a thorough inspection of the city’s water system, Mercer Island and Public Health – Seattle & King…


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September 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Mercer Island lifts water-boil alert Monday morning; schools closed

The water fountain is off-limits and the farmers market was canceled at Mercerdale Park on Mercer Island Sunday due to a danger of E. coli. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) UPDATE: Monday, 9:10 a.m. | Authorities clear Mercer Island’s water supply for safe drinking, but tell residents to flush pipes and clear…


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