Ontario Investigates E. coli Case

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The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is investigating E. coli cases that have the same DNA fingerprint in several local public health units.

E. coli are bacteria that are commonly found in the intestines of humans and animals. There are different types of E. coli; some not harmful to people and some which cause serious illness such as E. coli O157: H7.


The Ministry is working with the local public health units, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada on the investigation to find a source of the various outbreaks.

If you are showing signs or symptoms associated with food poisoning such as stomach cramps, diarrhea (possibly bloody), fever (infrequent), nausea and vomiting, please contact your healthcare provider or call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

To prevent the spread of E. coli infection, wash your hands thoroughly, using soap and warm running water, before any food contact, and after any visits to the washroom or changing of diapers. If handwashing sinks are not readily available, alcohol based hand sanitizers may also be used, provided they contain at least 60 per cent alcohol.