Newspaper article The Canadian Press

N.S. Medical Officer of Health Confirms Seven Cases of E. Coli 0157

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

N.S. Medical Officer of Health Confirms Seven Cases of E. Coli 0157

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N.S. confirms seven cases of E. coli

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HALIFAX - Health officials in Nova Scotia are trying to determine the source of several cases of E. coli 0157 that have hospitalized two people and sickened five others.

Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, Robert Strang, said Friday that they've had seven confirmed cases of the bacterial infection affecting people ranging in age from their teens to their 80s.

He said the onset of the illness in all of the cases occurred between Dec. 23 and 26 and was spread out across the province, afflicting people in the Truro, New Glasgow, Halifax and Antigonish areas.

"The pattern of the outbreak certainly points to a food product that's been widely distributed," he said.

"We're in the process of working with the restaurants, their wholesalers and manufacturers and working backwards through the food chain."

He said they haven't identified one food source, but suspects it is some kind of produce that would have a limited shelf life because of the concentrated period of the outbreak. …

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