Secondary cases of E. coli grow in aftermath of Calgary outbreak: Alberta Health Services – CBC

Daycares not served by shared kitchen closed due to what is believed to be secondary sprea

Sep 18, 2023

There are now 348 lab-confirmed cases of E. coli in the city following an outbreak at Calgary daycares, Alberta Health Services said in an update Monday.

That figure includes 27 lab-confirmed secondary cases, which is an increase of four since Saturday, said the emailed statement from the provincial health body.

This comes after an outbreak of the shiga toxin-producing E. coli, which can cause serious issues. The outbreak has sent children to hospital and some are on dialysis after developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a disease which affects the kidneys.

Health officials have said it’s likely the source of the outbreak is linked to a shared kitchen that provided food to a number of daycares, but the cause of the outbreak has not been identified.

There are nine patients receiving care in hospital, which is down from 12 on Saturday. All these patients have hemolytic uremic syndrome. Three patients are on dialysis, AHS said.

“Patients with more severe illness are in stable condition and responding to treatment. Our frontline health-care teams continue to provide them with the very best care and support possible,” AHS said.

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