DENVER -- Eight children, between the ages
of 4 and 12, have tested positive for the same Escherichia coli bacteria but
officials don't know the connection.
The children live,
or have been, in the Evergreen area but don't attend the same school, a
health official told 7NEWS Friday morning.
Two of the children
remain hospitalized as a result of infections from the potentially deadly
State and County
health officials are investigating deer or elk droppings, along with other
behaviors in the Evergreen area where the children might have all come in
The first infection
case involving the O157: H7 strain was reported in July and the last case was
reported on Oct. 22, health officials said. That strain of E. coli causse disease by making a toxin called Shiga toxin.
with the strain include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, severe stomach cramps and
fever. Most people get better within five to seven days. Some infections are
very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.