Confirmed Canadian E. coli Cases Up
Date Published: Thursday, August 7th, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/3594
Yesterday we reported on yet another E. coli
outbreak emerging in
“We have no evidence, to date, that there was continued contamination,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, acting medical officer of health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. “We continue to look at all possible causes of this outbreak. But we believe that whatever was there is gone.” Mercer said the health unit has not yet ruled out a food brought into the kitchen around the time of the contamination.
Strain O157:H7 of Escherichia coli is lethal and
can cause blood poisoning, cystitis, septicemia, and death. In the
Escherichia coli is a relatively common bacteria found in the human digestive tract and is normally harmless; however, some strains, including those linked to food poisoning, such as O157:H7, are much more serious and, often, deadly. Worse, this strain is extremely contagious and only a small amount of bacteria can contaminate a large number of people. E. coli taints meat through improper butchering and processing practices and, once released in the body, produces a type of toxin that leads to severe bleeding and diarrhea, has been associated with kidney damage in young children, and can also lead to kidney failure and death. Symptoms of E. coli infection include stomach cramps and watery diarrhea that may turn bloody within one to three days. More and more, E. coli is turning up in produce and water.
The E. coli bacteria
seems to be sweeping North America in recent months with outbreaks
popping up in a variety of states in the
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