It has been a very hard week in the Pacific Northwest as we have heard about two youngsters killed by E. coli O157:H7 and at least two others severely sickened with potentially life-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).  Families and health investigators are trying to find any possible connection and explanation for what has happened.

Aubrie Utter, age 3 – Hospitalized for a week, HUS, 5 blood transfusions

Brad Sutton, age 5 – Still hospitalized, HUS, Dialysis

Serena Profitt, age 4 – HUS, Death

Brooklyn Hoksbergen, age 3 – HUS, Death

And, then there are the five young Kentucky children, or more, being treated at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville for HUS, and the state health department has launched an investigation into how they got sick. Three of the sick children are from Hardin County, one is from Oldham County and one is from Boone County.