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Farm owner Joe Jaquith issued a statement this week, saying the family of fourth-generation farmers was deeply saddened by the outbreak and were fully cooperating with the investigation.
This is the second time in Oregon that deer droppings have tested positive for E. coli. In 1995, following an outbreak tied to venison jerky, Keene collected deer pellets in woods near Corvallis and found they were positive for the bacteria strain known as O157:H7.
Since then, studies in other states have confirmed the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in the colon or droppings of deer. Elk have also been shown to carry the bacteria.
E. coli is most often associated with ground beef. Bacteria in soft cheese, raw milk, unpasteurized apple cider and spinach also have caused outbreaks.
"I don't think we're going to answer every question about deer," Keene said. "We don't know whether this is typical of western Oregon."
Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com/
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