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2019 Multi-province Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections LInked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in Salinas

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) collaborated with federal and provincial partners, the U.S. CDC and U.S. health officials to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley, California. Four outbreak associated cases were identified in Canada. Outbreak cases resided in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario. Cases became ill in mid-October to mid-December 2019. One individual was hospitalized. There were no deaths reported. Laboratory analysis indicated that illnesses reported in Canada were genetically related to illnesses reported in the U.S.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 2019
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Retail
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 4
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 4
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 1
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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