A Pasco elementary student has died from apparent complications of E. coli.
Ismael Baeza Soto, 9, died Feb. 11 at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, apparently of kidney failure brought about by E. coli.
The Benton-Franklin Health District is investigating the source of what sickened the boy. So far, it appears to be an isolated case that hasn’t been linked to other investigations, though future testing could change that.
“We have not identified any ongoing public health threats,” said Dr. Amy Person, the public health officer for the Mid-Columbia.
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Most E. coli bacteria are harmless but potentially lethal strains can be spread through contaminated water or food, or through contact with animals or people, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Ismael was a third-grade student at Captain Gray Elementary in Pasco. He was the son of Josefina Soto and Jesus Baeza.
The Pasco School District plans to assign a team of counselors to Captain Gray when school reopens after the snow days to support students and staff.
A GoFundMe campaign was started to help with his funeral expenses.
Hillcrest Bruce Lee Memorial Center is handling his arrangements.