The Daily Astorian and The Associated Press report that three Clatsop County residents may have contracted E. coli, following an outbreak of the bacterial disease linked to a raw-milk dairy in Washington.
Dee Creek Farm, an unlicensed raw milk dairy in Woodland, was the source of the outbreak.
Dee Creek Farm is being investigated by at least four state and local agencies, and investigators asked that all of those who consumed milk from the dairy contact their local health departments.
Cowlitz County prosecutors said Wednesday that misdemeanor charges could be filed if the owners, Anita and Michael Puckett, don’t provide a list of customers who purchased raw milk.
Eight E. coli sickness cases were confirmed in Clark and Cowlitz counties, all in children ages 5 to 14. Four of the Washington state children were listed in critical condition in area hospitals Wednesday night.