Canada: E-Coli update from Health Unit

 

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Posted 27 mins ago

 

Source of Article:  http://www.nugget.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1252724

There is now a total of 131 cases of which 22 are lab confirmed for E coli O157:H7, and 22 people are still under investigation. At this time we believe the outbreak is localized to Harvey’s Restaurant on Algonquin Avenue in North Bay. Included are cases being investigated by 4 other health units.

The people who are ill range from 1 to 84 years old. Symptoms of illness from E. coli O157:H7 include diarrhea which may be bloody, stomach cramps, and/or vomiting and possibly a fever. Anyone suffering with these symptoms is advised to seek medical attention.

Dr. Catherine Whiting, Medical Officer of Health, stresses “that people who are ill with E.coli must take precautions to prevent the spread of the bacteria to other people. Thorough hand washing, using soap and hot running water, particularly after toileting, before any food contact, or changing diapers is a must”.

The Health Unit reinforces that if you work in a daycare, health care facility or in the food service industry, you should stay home if you are sick and take extra precautions before returning to work. To avoid spreading the bacteria at your workplace, you should have a doctor’s note that states your lab results are negative. If you are sick currently with E coli O157:H7, please stay at home and take recommended precautions.

In addition to thorough hand washing the following precautions are recommended:

 

 

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