Alberta CMOH says E. coli numbers starting to 'trend in the right direction'

2023-09-19 18:30:31  • 4 mins

Alberta's chief medical officer of health said he believes that numbers are starting to trend in the right direction following a weeks-long E. coli outbreak in Calgary, which has left hundreds of kids sick and closed multiple daycares.

This comes after an outbreak of the shiga toxin-producing E. coli, which can cause serious issues. The outbreak, which is believed to be linked to Calgary daycares using a shared kitchen, has sent children to hospital, with some on dialysis after developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a disease which affects the kidneys. The cause of the outbreak is still under investigation.

Several other daycares have been closed or partially closed due to what is believed to be secondary spread.

Dr. Mark Joffe, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said at a press conference Tuesday that there are 348 lab-confirmed cases connected to the outbreak, and 27 secondary spread cases the same figures that were reported by Alberta Health Services a day prior.

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