The Cause of Illness that Left 200 Sick has Been Determined
outbreak hits 43 near
Source of Article: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=b5dfb7a4-5232-4295-b9ab-1a0c01e932bd
Mike Barber, Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, November 04, 2008
The number of suspected cases linked to an E. coli outbreak in
The Halton Region Health Department said Tuesday
that officials were investigating 43 suspected cases of E. coli - up from 28
on Monday - originating from Johnathan's Family
Of the 48 cases, three have been confirmed to be E. coli O157.
molecular fingerprint of the
Both M.T. Bellies in
The remaining five suspected cases have not been linked to any food establishment.
Niagara Region Public Health said Tuesday that the Little Red Rooster had "satisfied all the criteria" for reopening. The restaurant's owners said they would reopen on Wednesday.
Dr. Robin Williams, the medical officer for
Early analysis, said Williams, suggested salad ingredients could be a potential culprit, but nothing has been confirmed.
E. coli is usually found in undercooked ground beef, but has also affected
water supplies and most recently, lettuce grown in
A third E. coli outbreak in
That outbreak, which closed a Harvey's fast-food restaurant on Oct. 12, has seen cases in Quebec, B.C., and 10 other districts of Ontario, but has not been linked to the other outbreaks.
No source of contamination has yet to be determined in any of the outbreaks and the investigations are ongoing.
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