TN E. coli Outbreak Linked to Farm Animals, Raw Milk

Pritzker Hageman E. coli lawyers are investigating an E. coli outbreak linked to raw milk from French Broad Farm in Mascot, Tennessee and petting animals at A Kid’s Place, a childcare facility also located in Mascot. Contact our law firm about an E. coli lawsuit against French Broad Farm seeking compensation.

Contact with farm animals at A Kid’s Place childcare facility in Knoxville, TN and consumption of raw milk produced at French Broad Farm in Mascot, TN, are the likely sources of an E.coli outbreak that has sickened more than 10 children, according to a Knox County Health Department outbreak update some of whom are receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.Raw Milk Elevated Risk For HUS

Most of the children who have developed the E. coli 0157 infections associated with this outbreak consumed raw milk French Broad Farm, a cow-share dairy in Knox County. Four of the children are being treated for kidney failure some of whom are undergoing dialysis

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome HUS, a complication affecting between 5 percent and 10 percent of E. coli patients, most of them young children, especially those under the age of 5 leads to kidney failure, seizure, stroke, coma and death.

Baby GoatsInvestigators have collected environmental, manure and milk samples from the farm and are testing them to see if any contain the E. coli outbreak strain. The farm has suspended distribution of raw milk and health officials are urging anyone who may have unpasteurized dairy products from this farm on hand to dispose of them.

In its latest update on the outbreak, Knox County health officials say some of the children included in this outbreak attend Kids Place Inc. on Millertown Pike. On June 5, the Tennessee Department of Human Services ordered the childcare facility to suspend its operations.

Dogs, goats and ducks are contained in a specific area of the childcare facility but children under three, one of whom is part of this outbreak, are not supposed to have contact with them, the facility said in a statement to local media. E. coli O157 naturally occurs in the intestinal tracts of many farm animals, including healthy cattle, sheep, and goats, accirding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The E. coli attorneys at Pritzker Hageman represent clients nationwide and have won multi-million dollar awards for clients including a $7.5 million verdict on behalf of a young client who suffered kidney failure stemming from and E. coli infection. Contact them for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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