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2018 Outbreak of Gastroenteritis Among Visitors to CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

On July 13, 2018 the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) announced an investigation of gastrointestinal illness among hundreds of visitors to a Tennessee zipline destination, CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Since June several visitors had tested positive for norovirus. One patient also tested positive for enteropathogenic E. coli. Water testing indicated fecal contamination of the facility's water system. Additional preliminary testing has identified enteropathogenic E. coli. More than 500 visitors were described as reporting illness.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2018
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Tennessee
  • Organism(s):
  • Norovirus
  • Vehicle(s):
  • water
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Recreational facility
  • Brand Name(s):
  • CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 500
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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