E. Coli Infects 24 People, Hospitalizes 5, in 4 Canadian Provinces

August 25, 2015

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is warning the public about an outbreak of a potentially deadly form of E. coli after at least 24 people became infected and five of them ended up being hospitalized.

The 24 cases of Escherichia coli O157 occurred between July 12 and Aug. 8, 2015, with the “peak of illnesses” reported between July 25 and Aug. 1, according a PHAC public health notice issued Monday, Aug. 24. The source of the illnesses has not yet been identified and the investigation is ongoing, the agency stated.

Most of those who became ill (63 percent)…