Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Alberta hit by outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7

Alberta’s health officials are trying to track down the source of E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria that has sickened at least 120 people so far.

Officials say since July 15 there have been 59 confirmed cases in Calgary, 48 cases in Edmonton, seven cases in the South, six cases in the North and two cases in the Central zone.

Two years ago Albertans were the first to be sickened by E. coli 0157:H7 from the XL Foods Ltd. plant at Brooks.

That led to the biggest beef recall in Canadian history, temporary closure of the plant which was Canada’s second-largest beef-slaughtering facility and the sale of the business to JBS USA.