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Three E. coli Cases Linked To Indiana Orchard

Three have fallen ill with E. coli infection in Kentucky and Indiana, but the infection may not have come from food.

Electron microscope rendering of e coli bateria on a lettuce leaf

Photo: agrilifetoday (flickr)

This electron microscope rendering shows E. coli bacteria hiding out in the folds of a lettuce leaf.

Three cases of E. coli reported in Kentucky and Indiana have been linked to an Indiana orchard.

Using genetic fingerprinting, the Louisville Metro Health Department has confirmed that the cases are connected. Furthermore, all three people who fell ill visited Huber’s Orchard and Winery in Borden, Ind., between September 20 and 28.

Huber’s is cooperating with the investigation, and, according to a statement released October 9th, the Clark County Health Department found no connection to the farm in the outbreak.

The Louisville health department says the initial investigation was focused on food, but parents of those infected believe the infection could’ve been spread by animals.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health and Indiana State Health Department will continue investigating the case.

E. coli infection can cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and fever.

Read More:

  • Three Sick With E. Coli in KY and IN (Food Safety News)
  • Health Department says E.Coli cases are linked (WDRB.com)
  • Kentucky: 3 E. coli cases in linked to Indiana orchard (IndyStar.com)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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