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.
Terminal strain of E. coli reoccurs in Tenn.
Published: Tue Jul 27, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 06:13 p.m.