Update on E. coli Investigation

November 20, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

There is no change in the number of confirmed E. coli cases, which remain at seven, all of whom are U of G students. It's believed the students became ill between Oct. 21 and Nov. 6, and that the probable cases Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health continues to monitor also fall within that time frame.

As a result, U of G will resume serving lettuce on campus today. The University voluntarily stopped serving all lettuce on campus Nov. 8 as a precautionary measure.

Public Health has expanded its E. coli investigation to all of Wellington-Dufferin county and is following a number of probable cases, so the number of confirmed cases may rise as test results come back.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency continues to investigate a possible source of the outbreak.

U of G was first told that Public Health was investigating an E. coli outbreak on campus Nov. 6. The strain, identified as E. coli 0157, has been linked to other outbreaks in the Halton, Niagara and Waterloo regions.

The University is deeply concerned for the health of those who have become ill and continues to take this situation very seriously.

For more information visit the Public Health website. Information on E. coli is also available by visiting the University's Food Safety Network website or by calling the network's toll free phone line at 1-866-503-7638.

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