Goats at Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville, TN were the source of a deadly E. coli outbreak in June that included 12 children. Starting June 6, Lucky Ladd held multiple five-day summer camp sessions teaching animal husbandry for children ages 6-10. In each session, children select a baby goat and care for it for the duration of the camp.
The Tennessee Department of Health was informed on June 22 that a child hospitalized in Florida with an E. coli O157:H7 infection had attended a goat husbandry summer camp at Lucky Ladd Farms. Three days later, the department learned that a 2-year-old whose sibling attended the camp was hospitalized with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) at Vanderbilt Univesity Medical Center in Nashville. HUS is a form of kidney failure associated with E. coli infections that most often affects small children. Tragically, the toddler died.
An investigation revealed that two baby goats were the source of the outbreak.
E. coli O157:H7 and HUS Symptoms
E. coli O157:H7 is one of E. coli strains that produce Shiga toxins which are poisonous to humans and cause severe illness. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that is sometimes bloody. They usually develop within one to three days of exposure.
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