Rare strain of E. coli strikes across Canada, source unknownStaff Writer | January 14, 2017
A dozen cases of E. coli O121 have been confirmed in three Canadian provinces, according to matching genetic fingerprint data, but the source of the outbreak has not yet been identified.
Public health Four of the rare O121 cases
Four of the victims have been hospitalized. Those individuals have recovered or are in the process of recovery.
An investigation to determine the source of the relatively rare E. coli O121 contamination is ongoing.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says improper handling of ground meat and eating raw ground meat are two of the most common sources of E. coli illnesses.
Other common sources are contaminated raw fruits and vegetables, untreated water, unpasteurized raw milk and raw milk products, and unpasteurized apples juices or cider. ■