E. coli in U.S. lettuce linked to Ont. hospital

Canwest News Service

Published: Wednesday, October 01, 2008


Source of Article:  http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=a3487761-44dc-4e30-aa1b-f5fa34e29f09

WINDSOR, Ont. - Patients at Windsor Regional Hospital's Metropolitan campus may have eaten lettuce linked to an E. coli outbreak in Michigan, health officials said Wednesday.

The bagged and shredded lettuce the hospital used to make chopped salad for patients came from the same company that is believed to have distributed tainted lettuce in Michigan, Windsor-Essex County Medical Officer of Health Dr. Allen Heimann said at a news conference.

The lettuce was not believed to have been served to visitors or to staff.

There were no confirmed E. coli cases on Wednesday, but health officials are asking anyone who was a patient at Met hospital between Sept. 9 and 12, who ate chopped salad there and is experiencing diarrhea, stomach cramps and vomiting - common symptoms of an E. coli infection - to see a doctor right away.

The hospital hopes to have by Friday a complete list of every patient who ate salad at the hospital during that time and has pledged to contact each one. As many as 164 patients ate the possibly tainted lettuce, hospital officials said.

Michigan state health officials are investigating at least 26 cases of E. coli that are believed to be associated with industrial-sized packages of iceberg lettuce sold to wholesalers, restaurants and institutions.



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