The East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville is reporting treating a number of children during the past ten days for infection with E. coli. The patients, numbering around 10, are all under four years of age.

Knox CountyThe Knox County Health Department said the following concerning the outbreak:

Due to possible contamination with E. coli & out of an abundance of caution, we advise the public not to consume raw milk or any unpasteurized products from French Broad Farm in Mascot, TN at this time.

Health officials also recommend consumers dispose of all raw milk and unpasteurized products they may have from this farm.

The hospital notes that E.coli bacteria are found in the environment, foods and intestines of people and animals. Sometimes, when ingested, the bacteria can cause an infection resulting in severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and kidney failure. In severe cases, E.Coli infection can cause death. Children experiencing these symptoms should receive medical care as soon as possible.

Children and the elderly are at greatest risk for severe illness or death from E.coli infection.


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