• Hendricks County child dies from E. Coli

    August 02, 2011 No comments

    State and Hendricks County health officials have confirmed a death from E. Coli.

    E. Coli, which is often spread in contaminated food, has caused the death of a young child.

    Health officials have not said if they know the source of the E. Coli that killed the child.

    A representative with the Indiana State Department of Health would only confirm the following, “(there has been) one confirmed death in the state with a history of E. coli infection just before death.”

    Faith Baptist Church Senior Pastor Marc Monte said the parents of the 5-year-old girl wanted to relay a message through him, for people to remember to wash their hands. According to Pastor Monte, the family lives in Hendricks County. He said Kalei Welch died Thursday at Riley Hospital. He said Kalei’s parents are filling out paperwork to try to pinpoint where she might have gotten the E. Coli bacteria.

    Each year, roughly 1 in 6 people in the US gets sick from eating contaminated food.

    During the past 15 years, a dangerous type of E. Coli infection, responsible for the recall of millions of pounds of ground beef, has been cut almost in half.

    It’s estimated that about 73,000 cases of E. Coli per year in the U.S., which is just three percent, end up dying.


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