How can Alberta prevent future E. coli outbreaks? Politicians promise answers as experts weigh in – CBC

Premier Danielle Smith is not ruling out a public inquiry

Sep 15, 2023

As the magnitude of a Calgary daycare-related E. coli outbreak becomes clear, questions are being raised about what went wrong, calls are emerging for increased food safety surveillance and the Alberta government is vowing to get to the bottom of it.

A total of 329 cases of shiga toxin-producing E. coli have been linked to the outbreak. While hospitalizations are now declining, 33 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in early September, including 32 children and one adult.

Young children, specifically those under the age of five, are particularly vulnerable to this type of E.coli.

More than twenty kids have been diagnosed with a severe kidney complication, known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) since the outbreak was first declared.

As of Thursday, six children remain on dialysis.

Alberta Health Services believes the outbreak is linked to food prepared at a central kitchen and distributed to a number of daycares that share the facility.

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