|dethalternate||Date: Sunday, 07-October-2012, 4:39 PM | Message # 1|
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|The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed that five additional cases — three in Alberta and two in Quebec —have been linked to a specific strain of E. coli that has spurred a massive recall of several beef products across the country. |
That means the number of cases linked to E. coli O157 is now up to 10: seven in Alberta, two in Quebec and one in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Officials stressed that the five recently announced cases are not tied to people who are newly sick, but "recovered or recovering."
Representatives from the CFIA and the Public Health Agency of Canada organized the Saturday teleconference to announce that five cases could be linked "with great confidence" to the strain that was found at the XL processing plant in Brooks, Alberta
Two targeted tests, taken together, were used to uncover the genetic fingerprint of the strain — one that had not been observed in the U.S. or Canada prior to extensive recall.
Although the federal agencies are working with their provincial and territorial counterparts, their numbers don't always overlap neatly.
Dr. James Talbot, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said that by provincial numbers there are five confirmed E. coli cases in Alberta and another five still under investigation.
"The three [new Alberta cases ] that were announced today were cases that the national laboratory for microbiology has identified as sharing the same fingerprint as the outbreak strain," he told CBC News.
He explained that one of the three is also among the five the province has confirmed, and the other two are among the five that Alberta is still investigating. All cases, however, were already known to them.
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