JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Officials here have confirmed a second case of the same strain of E. coli bacteria responsible for the death of a 6-year-old boy last month.
A 63-year-old Johnson City woman was admitted to Johnson City Medical Center on July 1 and diagnosed with Escherichia coli 0157:H7, a potent strain of E. coli that can prove lethal in sensitive populations, according to David Kirschke, medical epidemiologist with the Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Department.
Six-year-old Jacob Luis Francisco died in June at Johnson City Medical Center as a result of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a complication of 0157:H7.
Tainted food is the most common source of E. coli outbreaks. People also can become infected from contact with animal or human feces.