Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

E. coli found in well water at zip line attraction in Tennessee

E. coli found in well water at zip line attraction in Tennessee

The announcement comes after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among visitors at CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour, WATE reported. As of July 10, only 808 people responded and 505 of them said they went CLIMB Works with a group of two to 30 people. It did determine one common denominator though - well water served out of coolers placed along the zip line course.

Local health officials have since advised anyone who visited CLIMB Works and is experiencing symptoms link with gastrointestinal illness should seek immediate attention from their doctors.

Health officials are warning tourists about the discovery of E. coli at a popular attraction in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Those sick are reporting symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

Since mid-June, at least 550 people have gotten sick, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

"There is ongoing communication with the Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation regarding future use of the well-water system", the department said. "By Sunday afternoon, 6/8 (including a 9 and 11-year-old) of us were throwing up and terribly sick and could not figure out why", Oney wrote in a review on Facebook on July 3.

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Other visitors commented on her review, saying they had become sick after tours on dates as far back as June 16. "I was on my death bed". "CLIMB Works should make this right with all the families that were affected by this".

CLIMB Works told WVLT-TV that it started serving bottled water at the suggestion of the state health department.

"Terrible way to end our family vacation", Oney said in her post. While tourists continue to enjoy the park, management is working to fix the drinking water. One said 10 of the 12 people in the group could not get out of the bed while several others made a decision to get medical attention from the emergency room.

"We did contact the Health Department to try to pinpoint if it was water contamination or the contagious stomach bug that has been affecting the area this summer", CLIMB Works wrote.

The company also said 80 to 100 people called them to say they became sick with gastrointestinal illnesses after visiting the attraction, WVLT reported.

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