State public health officials are investigating the weekend death of a 6-year-old Millbury boy as a possible case of food poisoning.
“The symptoms reported may be indicative of a food-borne illness, and is currently under epidemiologic investigation,” according to an e-mail Wednesday evening from Anne Roach, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The death certificate for the boy lists his name as Owen Carrignan. He died around 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, according to Derek Brindisi, director of Worcester’s public health department.
Brindisi said the cause of death was listed as hemolytic-uremic syndrome, an acute form of kidney failure often linked to a gastrointestinal infection caused by E. coli bacteria. A secondary cause of death was respiratory failure.
A clerk with the public health department in Millbury referred questions about the case to the staff nurse. She did not return a phone call left Wednesday afternoon.Patricia Wen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.