Lincoln Co. restaurant not source of E. coli infection

Serena Profitt, 4, died Sept. 8 at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

Serena Profitt died after being diagnosed with E. coli, Sept. 8, 2014. She was 4. (Courtesy: Pastor Brian Robbins)
Serena Profitt died after being diagnosed with E. coli, Sept. 8, 2014. She was 4. (Courtesy: Pastor Brian Robbins)

LINCOLN COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Lincoln County Health and Human Services has cleared a restaurant as the source of an E.coli infection that led to the death of a 4-year-old girl.

Lincoln County Public Health Division Director Rebecca C. Austen announced on Wednesday that laboratory test results indicate an Otis restaurant is not the source of infection in its ongoing E.coli investigation.

Austen also stated that there have been no new reported cases of E.coli infection in Lincoln County since the start of the investigation.

The Lincoln County Health and Human Services Department’s Public Health Division conducted a thorough investigation of the restaurant and submitted samples taken as part of the investigation to the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for analysis.

“All of the test results have come back negative and our comprehensive investigation of the establishment did not reveal a link to the reported case,” said Lincoln County Environmental Health Program Manager Amy Chapman,

Based on the current investigation results, public health officials are confident that there is an extremely low risk of E.coli infection to the public.

Officials stressed that the investigation into the source of the infection is ongoing.

Serena Profitt died Sept. 8 at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Her aunt, Aleasha Hargitt, told KOIN 6 News that the family blames doctors for the girl’s death.

Hargitt said a local hospital saw her niece twice and even led the girl’s mother to believe an E. coli test came back negative.

Brad Sutton, a 5-year-old family friend, also got sick from the same strain of E. coli and was hospitalized.

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