More E. coli cases investigated in southern Ontario
Last Updated: Monday, November 3, 2008 | 6:13 PM ET
Source of Article: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2008/11/03/e-coli-ont.html
Health officials are
investigating 28 cases of people with diarrhea that may be linked to an
outbreak of E. coli connected to a restaurant in
As of Monday, three of the cases have been laboratory confirmed as E. coli O157:H7.
"The focus of our investigation is very much on determining any links with other E. coli outbreaks and, hopefully, establishing the contaminated food or drink," Dr. Bob Nosal, Halton Region's medical officer of health said in a statement.
"Over the course of this week, laboratory testing results may help in this regard."
Halton's health department continues to ask anyone who ate at Johnathan's Family Restaurant, 4121 Fairview St., in Burlington, between Oct. 10 and Oct. 30, and has had symptoms of diarrhea (with or without blood), severe abdominal cramps, nausea/vomiting, and/or fever, to please seek medical attention right away and call Halton Region at 905-825-6000 (toll free 1-866-442-5866).
The restaurant, which voluntarily shut down on Oct. 30, remains closed, and its staff continues to co-operate with the investigation, the health department said.
Also on Monday, Niagara Region said it has investigated a total of 46 cases, including 12 laboratory-confirmed cases of E. coli O157.
Of the 46 cases, 21 are linked
to the Little Red Rooster restaurant in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and 20 cases are
linked to M.T. Bellies restaurant in
As part of the investigation, Little Red Rooster voluntarily closed on Oct. 24. The M.T. Bellies restaurant also voluntarily closed its kitchen on Oct. 28. The bar remains open.
Initial tests show the E. coli
strain in Niagara is different from the strain in
All confirmed cases are linked
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