Alberta Health Services (AHS) is currently investigating an outbreak of E.coli O15:7H7 in the province. To date, there has been 125 confirmed cases reported from the five zones. Calgary and Edmonton zones account for 110 of the cases.

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At this time, it is not know whether these cases are linked to the outbreak. AHS has also not confirmed source(s) of illness related to this outbreak, at this time. This investigation is ongoing, and involves collaboration with Alberta Health, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

E. coli infections are generally caused when a person eats food or drinks water that is contaminated with human or animal feces, or through direct contact with a person who is sick or animals that carry the bacteria. Proper hygiene and safe food handling and preparation practices are key to preventing the spread of E. coli.

The main symptoms of an E. coli O157:H7 infection are bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea and vomiting. It can also cause serious problems with the blood or kidneys. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page