NASHVILLE — State officials have confirmed that a strain of E. coli that sickened nine children has been matched to animal waste collected at an East Tennessee dairy farm that sells raw milk.
The Tennessee Department of Health issued a statement on Thursday following an on-site inspection of McBee Dairy Farm, laboratory analysis and interviews with close to 90 households that purchased milk from the farm.
Five of the nine children required hospitalization and three developed a severe kidney problem.
The farm was shut down for about a week during the inspections, but has since resumed operation.
State officials say the illnesses highlight the risks associated with drinking unpasteurized or raw milk.