34 Cases of E. Coli Linked to Lebanon Farm: Department of Health

The state Department of Public Health is investigating 34 confirmed cases of E. coli officials said they have linked to Oak Leaf Dairy Farm, a goat farm in Lebanon.

The Department of Health and other agencies began to investigate Oak Leaf Dairy Farm after seven people contracted E. coli. Investigators have linked 34 cases to Oak Leaf Farm.

The people who have gotten sick are between 10 months old and 44 years old. The patients include six adults and 28 children ages 14 years and younger.

Nine patients have been hospitalized and four are still in the hospital, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Three of the hospitalized patients have been diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare but serious illness that affects the kidneys and blood clotting system.

The Lebanon farm linked to the outbreak is temporarily closed to the public

Mark Reynolds, the farm's owner, recently said the outbreak has already started affecting his wholesale business and he had never had E. coli linked to his farm before.

The DPH is asking anyone who visited Oak Leaf Dairy to contact the agency.

The state Department of Agriculture is asking anyone who bought a goat from Oak Leaf Farm in the past month and has any concerns to contact his or her livestock veterinarian. 

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