GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – The Tennessee Department of Health says local testing has confirmed E.coli in well water at a zip line attraction in Sevier County following an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness among visitors.
The health department says testing showed E. coli and total coliforms in well water at CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour. More testing is underway in Nashville.
Total coliforms include bacteria that are found in the soil, in water that has been influenced by surface water, and in human or animal waste. Fecal coliforms are the group of the total coliforms that are considered to be present specifically in the gut and feces of warm-blooded animals.
The state department of health says nearly 3,000 surveys were sent out to people who had booked zip line tours online with CLIMB Works since mid-June. As of Tuesday morning, 808 people had responded with 548 people from multiple states reporting illness, including diarrhea and vomiting.