News release

Three More E.coli 0157 Cases Confirmed

The province continues to investigate the spread of E.coli 0157 cases in Nova Scotia.

Three additional cases have been confirmed. Two cases in Capital Health and one case in Cumberland District Health Authority.

This brings the total for the outbreak to 10 confirmed cases for Nova Scotia .

Five cases have now been reported in Capital District Health, one each in Pictou, Cumberland, and Colchester East Hants health authorities, and two in Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority.

All patients have been seen by health care professionals and are either recovering or recovered.

"Nova Scotians should not be alarmed. We know that the incubation period of E.coli 0157 is one to 10 days, so it is not uncommon to see additional cases arise, as more people who may exhibit symptoms get tested," said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer. "We are working with other departments and agencies to determine the source as we continue our investigation."

To prevent and reduce the spread of E.coli 0157:

  • wash and peel all raw vegetables and fruits before eating
  • properly cook all meat and check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer
  • wash hands, cutting boards and other surfaces that come into contact with raw meat
  • ensure dairy products consumed are pasturized
  • owners of private wells should have them tested twice a year

Symptoms of E.coli 0157 may resemble gastro-intestinal illness and can include abdominal cramps, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. Symptoms and their severity vary.

People experiencing symptoms should call 8-1-1 to speak with a nurse, or contact a health care professional.

New Brunswick has also reported cases of E.coli 0157. Nova Scotia is working with public health in New Brunswick and the Public Health Agency of Canada to determine if there are any links or common sources of contamination.

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The province continues to investigate the spread of E.coli 0157 cases in Nova Scotia.

Three additional cases have been confirmed, two in Capital Health and one in the Cumberland District Health Authority.

This are now 10 confirmed cases in Nova Scotia in the outbreak.

Chief Public Health Officer Robert Strang says people should not be alarmed. The incubation period of E.coli 0157 is anywhere from one to 10 days, so it's not uncommon to see additional cases reported.

Symptoms of E.coli 0157 can include abdominal cramps, vomiting and bloody diarrhea but can vary.

People experiencing symptoms should call 8-1-1 to speak with a nurse, or contact a health care professional.

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