Genetic fingerprinting confirms link between recent E. coli cases

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 6:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Metro Health Department officials said they have found a common link in three cases of E. coli reported in Kentuckiana.

Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), commonly known as genetic fingerprinting, results show two cases in Louisville and one in Indiana are linked and a common factor in the three is that each visited Huber's Orchard and Winery between Sept. 20 and Sept. 28.

The investigation has now been turned over to officials from the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Board of Animal Health.  Huber's Orchard and Winery is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Editor's note: The common factor is Huber's Orchard and Winery, not Joe Huber's Family Farm which is a separate business.

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