infection hits Guelph
Canwest News Service
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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.
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