E. coli infection hits Guelph university

Canwest News Service


Source of Article:  http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=c256ee6d-ad69-4ee9-a60b-ba43f6cce4fa


Published: Thursday, November 06, 2008

GUELPH, Ont. - Four cases of E. coli infection have been linked to the University of Guelph in the latest confirmed cases to hit Ontario.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health confirmed the cases Thursday, and is asking to speak with anybody who has eaten at the campus since Oct. 21 and has suffered symptoms of infection. All cases involved the E. coli 0157 strain.

Officials are working with provincial health authorities to determine if the cases are connected to outbreaks in other parts of Ontario.

Symptoms of the bacterium infection include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and fever.

In Burlington, Ont., 14 new cases suspected to be E. coli infection were reported Thursday, bringing the toll of people fallen ill with the harmful bacterium to 66 in the latest of a string of food-contamination outbreaks.

Three of the 66 cases have been confirmed by the Halton region health department to be E. coli.

All of the illnesses have stemmed from Johnathan's Family Restaurant in Burlington, which has been closed since Oct. 30 to help health officials determine a source of contamination.

In the nearby Niagara region, five more cases were added to Niagara Region Public Health's investigation into an E. coli outbreak originating at two area restaurants.

Fifty-five cases are now under investigation there, 13 of which have been confirmed to be E. coli O157.

The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit said Wednesday that the outbreak in that region "is in its final stages with no new lab confirmed cases."



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