Tennessee and Virginia E. coli Cases of Unknown Origin in 2011
The Tennessee Department of Health reported that as of June 10, at least 13 people had become ill with E. coli infections in Tennessee and Virginia. On June 6 public health officials reported that a 2-year-old Dryden, Virginia girl was rushed to Johnson City Medical Center, where she died from complications of an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Her 4-year-old brother was taken to a Tennessee hospital where he underwent treatment for E. coli O157:H7.
The E. coli outbreak investigation revealed that several Tennesseans were infected with different strains of E. coli, indicating that their illnesses were not caused by a common source.