E. coli Outbreak Declared Over

August 14, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

The E. coli outbreak is officially over, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health announced today.

In total, there were eight confirmed cases. Public Health will follow up on a number of unconfirmed cases. The number of confirmed cases may change as lab results from the initial outbreak period come back, the health agency says.

Public Health says analysis of information collected during the outbreak supports the theory that the contamination occurred during the week of July 20. Two incubation periods — the maximum amount of time a person can develop symptoms after exposure — have passed without any new exposures, the health agency says. The incubation period for E. coli is up to 10 days, with the average being three to four days.

U of G is concerned about those who fell ill, particularly the people who required hospital treatment. The University would like to express its appreciation to the U of G and local communities for their patience and understanding. The University regrets any inconvenience or concerns this situation may have caused.

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