Five children were sickened in an E. coli outbreak linked to Kids Place, Inc., in Mascon, Tennessee. Our law firm is investigating.

All 5 children sickened in the outbreak attended the same daycare facility, Kids Place, Inc., Mascot, Tenn., where goats are present. Goats can harbor deadly E. coli bacteria in their intestines and discharge them to the environment when they defecate (poop). This can get on the fur of the animal, on the ground and on other surfaces. If a child’s hand touches any contaminated area, that child can get sick. As few as 10 cells of E. coli can cause severe illness. Complications include severe dehydration, colitis (colon infection), kidney failure (hemolytic uremic syndrome), and other dangerous medical conditions.

In another outbreak, our law firm represented the family of a woman who died after eating at a restaurant where a goat had been slaughtered. The investigation determined that E. coli in the goat’s intestines spread to cooking surfaces in the restaurant, which then contaminated food that was eaten by the woman who died. We recovered money in a lawsuit settlement for the family due to the wrongful death of their loved one from E. coli poisoning.

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Lab Results Confirm Connection between Children with E. coli O157 and Kids Place Daycare in Mascon, Tennessee

According to the Knox County Health Department:

“The lab results confirmed these five children had the same strain of E. coli O157. Additionally, the lab results showed this strain was a DNA fingerprint match to the E. coli O157 found in the goat fecal samples and one hay sample collected from the child care facility. To date, the lab did not find E. coli O157 in the other environmental samples from inside the facility. Again, this is not uncommon, and one reason testing environmental samples is only part of the disease investigation process.”

E. coli Bacteria CDC Illustration