April 17, 2018
Public Health confirms source of E. coli in local cases
Laboratory testing confirms the presence of E. coli 0157 in processed deer meat
Oxford County Public Health has received laboratory confirmation that processed deer meat is responsible for four cases of E. coli 0157 in Oxford County and a neighbouring County. The deer meat was sourced from private hunts and processed privately, at a non-commercial facility, into cured sausage products
Oxford County Public Health received the first report of E. coli in an Oxford County resident in mid-February, with a second report following one month later in March. A third and fourth case was identified in April.
After establishing processed deer meat as a suspected cause, Public Health forwarded nine samples of deer meat products to a public health laboratory for testing. All nine samples tested positive for E. coli 0157.
E. coli is a diverse type of bacteria that normally live in the intestines of people and animals. Most strains of E. coli are harmless but others, like E. coli 0157, can cause serious illness.
Public Health has followed up with everyone who had access to the contaminated meat, advising them to dispose of the products immediately. The hazard has been contained and there is no risk to the general public.
Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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