Local woman sickened by deadly E. coli strain

Local woman sickened by deadly E. coli strain (Image 1)

The Centers for Disease Control has yet to identify the source of bacteria that caused a multi-state E. coli outbreak, but says the threat could be over because it's been several weeks since the last patient became ill.

A Middle Tennessee woman calls it “troublesome” that the source that possibly made her sick was never identified.

Twenty-year-old Chelsea Rion attends Berry College in Rome, Georgia.

In April, Rion says she became violently ill and traveled home to Tennessee where she was eventually diagnosed with E. coli.

“It was awful,” Rion told Nashville's News 2.

Rion was hospitalized for 16 days at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where her kidneys stopped working properly and she had to be on dialysis as a result.

Rion would like to know what made her sick.

“I would eat in the school cafeteria that everyone else did, but no one else was getting sick. I didn't know where it was coming from, how it happened, when it started. I didn't know how long it was in my system,” she said.

At least 15 people were sickened in the Southeast and one child died in Louisiana due to the E. coli 0145 strain.

There was one confirmed case in Tennessee.

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