Dangerous E.coli outbreak developing slowly in 3 Canadian Provinces

An outbreak of a potentially deadly strain of E.coli has been reported in three Canadian provinces (Nova Scotia, 5 cases, New Brunswick, 6 cases, and Ontario, 4 cases). The 15 cases have all been infected with the same strain of this bacteria that can cause complications such as haemorrhagic diarrhoea and renal failure. Infection with the same strain suggests that there is a common contaminated source but, although an investigation is underway, that source has not yet been identified. Prevention of E.coli infections depends on washing and peeling raw vegetables and fruit, cooking meat properly, washing hands and surfaces after handling raw meat and consuming only pasteurised dairy products.

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