Saturday, November 8, 2008

Elk droppings in Evergreen may have made children sick

Elk droppings in the Evergreen area contain the same strain of E. coli bacteria that sickened eight children in three mountain counties, state health officials reported today.

Lab testing confirmed a genetic match between the bacteria. Health officials suspected elk droppings as a potential source of the exposure. It's not known how the elk were infected.

Elk droppings can be found virtually everywhere around Evergreen, including near homes and schools. For that reason, health officials issued warnings to students to not eat on athletic fields and to wash their hands after being outside.

Yes, parents need to tell their kids that those piles of brown things laying in fields in and around Evergreen aren't Raisinets.

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