Monday, October 13, 2008

Another Canadian E. coli Outbreak?

The Ontario city of North Bay may be in the throes of an outbreak of E. coli – most likely, E. coli O157:H7, although the serotype isn't mentioned.

The North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit reports one confirmed case, and as many as 13 suspected cases under investigation. There is no indication, as yet, what the source of the infection may be, or whether it is linked to the confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 reported earlier this month in Chatham-Kent

The Chatham-Kent cases are part of an outbreak that has been linked to lettuce from California, which was distributed as bagged, pre-washed lettuce by Aunt Mid's Produce Company of Detroit.

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