Newspaper article The Canadian Press

E. Coli in Romaine Lettuce Sickens Six Canadians

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

E. Coli in Romaine Lettuce Sickens Six Canadians

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Six Canadians sickened by E. coli in lettuce

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OTTAWA - Federal health officials say six Canadians have been stricken by a strain of E. coli that has a similar genetic fingerprint to romaine lettuce from the U.S. southwest that has already sickened 149 people in 29 states.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says two of the six Canadians reported travelling to the U.S. before falling ill due to E. coli O157, three became infected in Canada and the remaining case is under investigation.

The six Canadian illnesses were reported between late March and mid-April in four provinces -- one each in British Columbia and Alberta and two each in Saskatchewan and Ontario.

One Canadian was hospitalized and no deaths have been reported in Canada.

Two Canadians reported travelling to the U.S. before getting sick and eating romaine lettuce while they were there. …

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