The Cause of Illness that Left 200 Sick has Been Determined
12 new E. coli cases suspected in southern Ont.
Source of Article: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=de60a581-ff1d-42f4-89ba-ca03faf5016f
Mike Barber, Canwest News Service
Published: Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Another day of investigations into parallel E. coli outbreaks in the
Niagara region and
Three of those cases have been confirmed to be E. coli infection
originating at Johnathan's Family Restaurant in
outbreak stemming from two restaurants in the Niagara region of southern
Of those 50, 21 have been linked to the Little Red Rooster restaurant in
Niagara-on-the-Lake. The eatery reopened Wednesday after
The remaining five cases have not been attributed to any locale.
Potential links between the two outbreaks are being investigated by the
provincial Health Ministry, as the molecular fingerprint is quite rare, said
Dr. Robin Williams, the
Williams said Tuesday that early analysis of the victims' menu choices
could suggest the source was tainted produce. Contaminated lettuce grown in
In 2006, an outbreak originating from tainted spinach killed three and
made more than 200 people ill across the
Meanwhile, a separate outbreak, which has kept a
That outbreak, which was not linked to the ones in southern
E. coli O157 infection can cause bloody diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps and fever. In severe cases, it can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome, commonly referred to as hamburger disease.
The illness, which mostly affects children younger than five years old, can lead to kidney failure and death.
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