“The Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), the North Health District, and the Stephens County Health Department continue to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections that occurred during early May,” said District 2 Public Health spokesman Dave Palmer.
Palmer said 10 of the cases were Georgia residents, while the other was a South Carolina resident.
Seven of those victims were hospitalized as a result of the infections, with five of those diagnosed with a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), he said.
“Ten of the 11 case-patients reported eating at the BBQ Shack in Toccoa during the weekend of May 2-4,” Palmer said. “No other common exposures were reported among case-patients.”
And, its not like E. coli has not happened in Georgia a few times in the past:
• Bauer Meat E. coli Litigation – Georgia (1998)
• Dole Spinach E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Nationwide (2006)
• Excel E. coli Outbreak Lawsuit – Georgia (2001)
• Nebraska Beef E. coli Outbreak – Nationwide (2008)
• Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Nationwide (2009)
• White Water Water Park E. coli Outbreak Lawsuits – Georgia (1998)