Canada: Two local E. coli patients recovering


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Two Chatham-Kent residents sickened by the same strain of E. coli identified in 38 cases in the U. S. are on the mend.

Laboratory tests have yet to determine the cause of a third case involving a local resident.

Local health officials said Saturday it's doubtful there will be any further cases reported in the municipality from tainted iceberg lettuce.

"Those affected are recovering and are on the mend,'' said April Rietdyk, director of public health for the Chatham-Kent Health Unit.

Rietdyk told The Daily News two of three cases of E. coli reported in the municipality have been linked to the same strain identified in the cases in the U. S.

All of the cases are thought to be linked to shredded iceberg lettuce distributed by Aunt Mid's Produce Company in Michigan.

The product is distributed in five-pound industrial bags to institutions such as hospitals and long-term care homes, as well as restaurants in southwestern Ontario.

Rietdyk said her staff has worked overtime following up on distribution lists of the lettuce that were received by her office on Friday.

She said it appears the two sickened by the E. coli ate the product sometime in mid-September.

"We've asked them to try and recall where they might have consumed the product,'' she said.

She said the product did not go to any hospitals or long-term care facilities in Chatham-Kent but might have been distributed to some restaurants.



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