Central Mo. toddler's death linked to E. coli infection

Sep 20, 2012

The Boone County medical examiner says the death of a 2-year-old boy from central Missouri has been linked to E. coli.

The medical examiner's office said Wednesday the child's death was linked to E. coli, but that an autopsy had not been conducted, as reported by the Columbia Daily Tribune. The medical examiner's office said the child was from the New Franklin area and died Tuesday at a hospital.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says it's helping the Howard County Health Department with its investigation.

Howard County Public Health Director Sheila Wallace says her office is looking for people with similar symptoms and the source of the infection.

E. coli bacteria can cause diarrhea, dehydration and other problems and is often worse in the very young and elderly.