Aug. 11: Update on Public Health E. coli Investigation

August 11, 2008 - Campus Bulletin

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has confirmed a total of eight cases of E. coli and continues to follow up on a number of unconfirmed cases.

Public Health is looking into all possible sources of contamination. The University continues to work closely with the health agency in its investigation of an E. coli outbreak. Public Health has called the situation at U of G an isolated incident.

The University is concerned for those who have fallen ill, particularly the people who have required hospital treatment.

Public Health identified the strain as E. coli 0157:H7, a potentially serious strain.

Public Health has confirmed that it's appropriate for the University to continue its food service operations at this time.

The University regrets any inconvenience or concerns this situation may have caused. We will continue to update this web page as new information becomes available.

Information about E. coli is available through the Ontario Ministry of Health. Some infected people may have mild diarrhea or no symptoms at all. Most identified cases develop severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and/or vomiting.

If you or any of your family members currently have or recently experienced any of these symptoms, please call Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health at 519-846-2715 or 1-800-265-7293, Ext. 2673.

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