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More than 500 Tennessee zip line visitors sick in stomach illness outbreak
WREG ^ | 07/14/2018

Posted on 07/15/2018 7:12:54 AM PDT by BenLurkin

An investigation continues into what has caused hundreds of visitors to a Tennessee zip line destination to suddenly develop a gastrointestinal illness. More than 500 people have reported symptoms including stomachache, nausea and vomiting after visiting the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg.

The Tennessee Department of Health announced Thursday that officials are continuing to look for the cause of the illnesses.

“At this time, we cannot point to one simple cause of this outbreak,” John Dunn, the department’s deputy state epidemiologist, said in the news release about the investigation.

Since June, several visitors to the CLIMB Works facility tested positive for the common stomach bug norovirus, according to the department. Norovirus causes acute gastroenteritis, or inflammation of the stomach or intestines. Symptoms, which typically last one to three days, include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.

One patient tested positive for both norovirus and enteropathogenic E. coli, a diarrheal pathogen, according to the department. Symptoms of E. coli infection may last several days.

“Preliminary testing and environmental health assessments indicate the water system at the zip line facility may have contributed to the outbreak; however, there are likely other sources involved in the spread of the illnesses, including contaminated surfaces and person-to-person transmission,” Dunn said.

“Water testing has indicated fecal contamination of the facility’s water system,” he said. “Additional preliminary testing has identified enteropathogenic E. coli. Testing of clinical and environmental samples is still underway to look for bacterial, viral and parasitic organisms. It’s important to note that while norovirus is reliably identified in stool samples during outbreak investigations, identifying it in food, water and the environment is more challenging.”

The Department of Health said CLIMB Works, which uses well water, has been cooperating fully with the public health investigation.

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TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: ecoli; publichealth; waterwell
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1 posted on 07/15/2018 7:12:54 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

"...E. coli..."


They are likely now offering fantastic ziplining discounts and the stomach bug will get you ready for summer beach season.

2 posted on 07/15/2018 7:18:54 AM PDT by Blue Jays ( Rock hard ~ Ride free)
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To: Blue Jays

“Don’t drink the water”


3 posted on 07/15/2018 7:19:54 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Didn’t Johnny Cash sing - I Lick The Line?


4 posted on 07/15/2018 7:20:20 AM PDT by Libloather (Trivial Pursuit question - name the first female to lose TWO presidential elections!)
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To: BenLurkin

Did they have the steak or the fish?


5 posted on 07/15/2018 7:20:27 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: BenLurkin

"....wait...did that say chit in the water?....eeewwww"

6 posted on 07/15/2018 7:21:33 AM PDT by Doogle (( USAF.68-....8th TFW Ubon Thailand....never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Blue Jays

There was a South Park episode about the dangers of zip lining. Obviously they didn’t heed the warning about excessive Mountain Dew.


7 posted on 07/15/2018 7:24:14 AM PDT by Dennis M.
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To: BenLurkin

And don’t stand under the zipline.


8 posted on 07/15/2018 7:34:47 AM PDT by bigbob (Trust Sessions. Trust the Plan.)
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To: BenLurkin

Was it the mountain oysters eaten the night before?


9 posted on 07/15/2018 7:35:39 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Blue Jays

10 posted on 07/15/2018 7:37:24 AM PDT by Bonemaker (invictus maneo)
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To: Bonemaker

Lardass!


11 posted on 07/15/2018 7:40:29 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: Blue Jays
"Eeeee Coli !"


12 posted on 07/15/2018 7:40:37 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Get in the Spirit! The Spirit of '76!)
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To: BenLurkin

“At this time, we cannot point to one simple cause of this outbreak,”
And from the same story comes this:
“Water testing has indicated fecal contamination of the facility’s water system,”

Ding ding ding, I think we have identified the cause.
It’s alway the water, or something washed with the water.
And some people still ridicule those who buy and consume bottled water.


13 posted on 07/15/2018 7:41:14 AM PDT by 9422WMR
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To: Daffynition
The Department of Health said CLIMB Works, which uses well water

Apparently the water.. is not well.

14 posted on 07/15/2018 7:41:54 AM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn(ed!) the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: 9422WMR

I’d have to put my money on ‘employees’ that come from a country that doesn’t have full sanitary infrastructure aka no toilets and with no toilets, does one really buy toilet paper?

New immigration rule. Learn the Pledge of Allegiance and how to use a restroom


15 posted on 07/15/2018 7:45:38 AM PDT by Pollard (If you don't understand what I typed, you haven't read the classics.)
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To: BenLurkin
“Water testing has indicated fecal contamination of the facility’s water system,”

Who took a dump in the well?

16 posted on 07/15/2018 7:50:37 AM PDT by fso301
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To: dfwgator
Did they have the steak or the fish?


17 posted on 07/15/2018 7:51:29 AM PDT by C210N (Republicans sign check fronts; 'Rats sign check backs.)
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To: BenLurkin
Seems natural enough.
They chit their selves on the zipline. Then clean it out when they're in the water to save embarrassment.

Yep, I just lost any interest in that lil activity. Hehehe. d;^)

18 posted on 07/15/2018 7:56:18 AM PDT by CopperTop (Outside the wire it's just us chickens. Dig?)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
LOL, good one Sam. 👍
19 posted on 07/15/2018 7:59:54 AM PDT by Mark17 (Genesis chapter 1 verse 1. In the beginning GOD....And the rest, as they say, is HIS-story)
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To: Pollard
New immigration rule. Learn the Pledge of Allegiance IN ENGLISH and how to use a restroom

There; fixed it. No charge.

20 posted on 07/15/2018 8:11:52 AM PDT by Bernard (The only Fair Tax is the Tax that Taxes you and not me.)
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