Feds: No definitive source for 2 Maine E. coli cases

AP News
Posted: Dec 04, 2015 1:15 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found no definitive source for two cases of E. coli that left one toddler dead and another sick earlier this fall.

Officials said in October that two sickened children who had attended the Oxford County Fair carried the same strain of E. coli. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says samples tested by the federal CDC can't connect the illnesses to the fair.

Maine state epidemiologist Siiri Bennett says the majority of investigations of this nature end up with an undetermined cause. The Maine CDC has closed its investigation and labeled the cause "undetermined."

Colton Guay (GAY), a 20-month-old from the town of Poland, died at Maine Medical Center in October. Seventeen-month-old Myles Herschaft, of Auburn, became ill and recovered.