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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in Oregon's Lincoln County say they found no trace of E. coli bacteria in a county restaurant as they investigate two cases of E. coli infection, including one that killed a 4-year-old girl.

The Oregonian reports ( ) that the county's public health division director, Rebecca Austen, said Wednesday that swabs taken from the restaurant were negative for the bacteria. Relatives said the girl and a young friend shared a turkey sandwich at the restaurant over the Labor Day weekend.

Serena Profitt died of complications from the infection. The newspaper says 5-year-old Brad Sutton of Tacoma, Washington, is in satisfactory condition at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Health officials emphasize that E. coli bacteria are in the environment and they recommend precautions such as good hand-washing practices and careful food preparation.

Officials have said they don't expect to be able to determine exactly what made the children sick.


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