E. coli outbreak sickens at least 8

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) -- At least ten people have been treated for E. Coli in several northeast Tennessee so far this month for E.coli infections.

Dr. David Kirschke, medical director of the Northeast Regional Health Office in Johnson City, says seven of the cases are from the same strain of bacteria, but a common cause has not been found, according to WJHL.

"We have one case of the severe type in Tennessee," Kirschke told the northeast Tennessee station.

He says the department is treating the cases as an outbreak, interviewing people who became ill from E. coli to learn the likely causes of infection.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Regional Health Office urges residents to cook meat thoroughly and carefully washing all fruits and vegetables.

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