4 Children hospitalized, 5 confirmed with E.coli from Oregon farm Raw Milk

Posted on April 20, 2012 by

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Four children are hospitalized; a total of five confirmed with E.coli.

Oregon Public Health officials this week reported test results of samples taken from
Foundation Farm cows, manure and surfaces as well as raw milk from a farm
customer are positive for E.coli O157.

The samples came from leftover milk recovered from one household, rectal swabs
from two of four cows, and multiple manure and other environmental samples
collected at the farm.

“We continue to warn people to not drink the raw milk or any products made from
the raw milk that came from this farm or any other source. Pasteurized milk is the
only safe milk because it kills harmful bacteria such as E.coli O157,” said Oregon
Public Health State Epidemiologist Katrina Hedberg, M.D., M.P.H.

Four children have been hospitalized. Three have hemolytic uremic syndrome, a
type of kidney failure. The fourth child is waiting lab-confirmation. A total of five
people, ages 1 to 14, have laboratory-confirmed cases of E.coli. Thirteen people
have reported having diarrhea, but their cases have not been lab-confirmed. All
drank raw milk from Foundation Farm.

Milk from Foundation Farm and raw cow’s milk in general cannot be sold in retail
stores in Oregon. The dairy only distributed to 48 households that were part of a
herd-share, in which people contract to take ownership of a portion of a herd or
individual animals.

Besides the state, health officials in Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah
counties and the Oregon Department of Agriculture are investigating these cases,
including interviewing customers and family members of those infected.

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