UPDATE: State links strain of E. coli to Knox Co. dairy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- State officials have confirmed that a strain of E. coli that sickened nine children has been matched to animal waste collected at a Knox County 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.

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A Knox Co. dairy farm is the suspected source on an E. coli outbreak.

Health Dept officials raided the McBee Dairy Farm on Thursday. They collected samples from cattle and milk.

A cease and desist order was issued, preventing them from selling raw goat or cow milk.

At least three children have gone to hospital with E. coli, the health dept. said.

McBee says it let customers know and has advised them not to drink the milk until test results are back.

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