Investigators from the Colorado Department of Health reported today that the outbreak of E. coli among eight children in the Evergreen area may be linked to elk droppings.  Specimens obtained from elk droppings in the mountain region have tested positive for the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria that was identified in the children, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said.

The children who have been sickened are between 4 and 12 years old.  Of the eight cases, six are children in Jefferson County, one in Clear Creek County and one in Park County. The children’s illness were reported sporadically throughout the summer and early fall, beginning in July and most recently in late October, the state health department said.  Most of the ill children had exposure to elk droppings while playing outdoors at parks or around their homes, Miller said.

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  • Because elk are grazers, meaning they eat grass, it is very easy for them to pick up bacteria and parasites from other animals feces. So even though the elk might carry the same strain, they could have picked it up from cattle or sheep feces in the area. Wild animals usually have statistically insignificant amounts of E. coli 0157 in their digestive tracts. It is only when they come into contact with livestock that are shedding do they pick it up themselves. Just wanted you to have the facts so that wildlife are not demonized by the public.

  • Speaking of wildlife, there will be a media teach-in on November 20th in San Francisco titled, “Food Safety Gone Astray: The Misguided War on Wildlife”, featuring national and regional experts on the subject. Speakers will paint the big picture of how livestock and leafy greens industrial practices are threatening the sustainability of our food system, as well as human health and wildlife, when there are alternatives. Please see the website for program details and to register. You can also attend via webcast.