Tally at 230 cases in today’s E. coli update

By Kate Adams
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Source of Article:  http://www.baytoday.ca/content/news/details.asp?c=28426

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
News Release

There are now 230 cases, of which 45 are lab confirmed for E. coli O157:H7. All confirmed cases are linked to Harvey’s North Bay and have an onset of symptoms before October 22, 2008. These numbers include cases from 9 other Ontario Health Units, Quebec and British Columbia.

At this time, we remind anyone who has been sick with E. coli O157:H7 or diarrhea, to prevent the spread. E. coli O157: H7 can be passed from person to person by hand to mouth contact through improper hand washing after using the washroom. Adults with E. coli can remain infectious for up to one week after symptoms are over. Young children carry E. coli O157: H7 up to 3 weeks.

For information on test results, media can contact the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Media Relations line at 1-888-414-4774.

Prevent the spread:

• Wash hands thoroughly, using soap and hot running water, before any food contact, and after any toileting or changing of diapers.

• Use a nailbrush and soap under hot running water to clean under fingernails. Rinse thoroughly.

• Have separate towels for sick people.

• Clean bathroom taps, toilets, and doorknobs at least once every day with an antiseptic cleaner such as bleach and water (1 part bleach to 10 parts water). Even better would be a separate bathroom for the sick person.

• Wash clothes, especially underclothes, in hot water and dry in a hot dryer for at least half an hour. If the clothes cannot be put in the dryer, dry in direct sunshine.

• E. coli is not spread to others before you have symptoms (anywhere from one to 10 days after consuming E. coli)

• Adults with E. coli O157:H7 or E. coli-like symptoms should not use recreational water venues, such as pools, for two weeks after symptoms are gone and four weeks for children, unless a laboratory test is negative.



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