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McBee Dairy Farm Raw Milk E. coli Outbreak in Knox County, Tennessee

Raw cow and goat milk from McBee Dairy Farm, a privately owned cow-share operation, was tested for E. coli bacteria. One raw-milk sample obtained from a consumer and several manure samples collected from the farm revealed the presence of DNA for the toxin produced by E. coli O157 that causes HUS.

The Knox County Health Department advised all cow-share participants to stop drinking raw milk purchased from McBee Dairy Farm due to the potential for E. coli contamination, but the farm began selling its raw milk again in early November.

On November 21, 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed that the strain of E. coli that caused the children's E. coli infections had been found in animal waste collected at McBee Dairy Farm.

E. coli Infections and HUS

An E. coli infection occurs when a person ingests Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. Symptoms of E. coli infection typically include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and sometimes fever. In about 10 percent of cases, children develop hemolytic uremic syndrome and require hospitalization. HUS can cause the kidneys and other organs to fail.

Contact the Marler Clark E. coli Attorneys

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection after consuming contaminated McBee Dairy Farm raw milk and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.

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