Ontario Confirms 10 Cases of E. Coli O157:H7
Associate Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robin Williams has confirmed that 10 cases of E. coli in Ontario are linked to the outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 cases in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the latest evidence indicates that the most probable source of these illnesses is lettuce distributed by FreshPoint Inc. primarily to some KFC and KFC-Taco Bell restaurants.
As lettuce has a short shelf life, it is believed the product is no longer available, however the investigation is ongoing and additional cases may be identified in connection with this outbreak. As an added precaution, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is working with FreshPoint Inc. to recall any remaining affected products from these restaurants.
The ministry continues to work with its federal and provincial counterparts and Public Health Ontario to protect the health of the public and investigate reports of illness for any possible links to this outbreak.
- Symptoms of E. coli illness include stomach cramps and diarrhea (possibly bloody) and vomiting.
- E. coli illness sometimes leads to a serious complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure. Children are at particular risk of developing HUS.
- People typically become ill two to five days, and sometimes longer, after eating contaminated food.
- Ontario identifies approximately 229 cases of E. coli each year.
“The current investigation into the outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 serves as an important reminder to Ontarians to seek medical attention if they are experiencing symptoms compatible with E. coli, including severe cramps, abdominal pain and diarrhea – possibly bloody.”
Dr. Robin Williams
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care