Another E. coli case surfaces



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A third case of E. coli in Chatham- Kent has been linked to iceberg lettuce from the U. S.

Dr. David Colby, Chatham- Kent's acting medical officer of health, confirmed a third case of E. coli is thought to be linked to Michigan lettuce that was distributed in Ontario. A reported 38 people in Michigan fell ill after consuming the lettuce.

All of the cases are thought to be linked to shredded iceberg lettuce distributed by Aunt Mid's Produce Company. This lettuce was last distributed in Ontario on Sept. 26 and has a shelf life of approximately 12 days.

April Rietdyk, director of the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit, said inspectors weren't able to determine where the lettuce was consumed in the local cases.

Last weekend, all restaurants indicated on the potential distribution list, all hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other institutions in Chatham-Kent were screened by inspectors. None of the product connected to the outbreak was found in Chatham-Kent at that time.

"We'll continue to monitor the situation," Rietdyk said.

She said anyone who shows signs of gastroenteritis, most often with symptoms of diarrhea, and often accompanied by other symptoms including vomiting and dehydration, should see their primary-care physician.

For more information contact the health unit at 519-352-7270.



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