Monday, August 25, 2014

Albertans sickened by E. coli 0157:H7

There are now 130 people sick with E. coli 0157:H7, says Alberta Health Services.

There are 63 confirmed cases in Calgary and 50 in the Edmonton region.

The source has not been revealed, but officials are warning people to take precautions such as washing hands with hot, soapy water — especially after using the bathroom — before preparing food and after touching raw meat.

Alberta Health Services also suggests cooking beef to an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit and washing all fruit and vegetables.

“Washing don’t do much,” says food safety communications Dr. Doug Powell.

I'm betting that the outbreaks will eventually trace to cattle manure.