By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -Determining whether E. coli contamination contributed to the death of an Inwood woman last week may depend on what grows in a petri dish over the next couple of days.
A state laboratory began culturing samples from a package of Hudson Foods hamburger patties and the body of Roxann Pearrell on Tuesday, said Twila Carr, an environmental health supervisor with the Berkeley County Health Department.
Preliminary test results from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources are not expected until Thursday, Carr said.
The testing is being done at the state Hygienic Laboratory in Charleston, according to Carr. Other samples have been sent to a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Georgia, she added.