Investigators say they don’t expect to find the specific sources of fatal strains of E. coli that killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a Washington boy fighting for his life.
Dr. Paul Cieslak of the Oregon Health Authority said Thursday that investigators need at least twice as many cases to triangulate a source, which might be tainted food, lake water, or contact with livestock.
A 4-year-old girl from Lincoln County on the Oregon Coast died Monday after falling ill following a family gathering over Labor Day weekend. A 4-year-old boy at the gathering was in critical condition at a Tacoma, Washington, hospital.
Authorities say those cases are not related to a 3-year-old girl from northwest Washington who died from exposure to E. coli last week.