News

August 16, 2006

E. coli Cases Detected in Region

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is investigating 17 cases of E. coli infection that have occurred in August, ten of them since the beginning of this week. Last month, there were a total of ten cases reported in the Region bringing the total to 42 cases so far this year.

Dr. Margaret Fast, WRHA Medical Officer of Health said the region decided to issue a release for two reasons: the high number of recent cases and the fact that many of them appear to be related to food preparation, not undercooked meat.

Dr. Fast said investigations into the cases reveal that while many of the people involved did ingest hamburger, they reported it was well cooked. "That raises the concern that this may indeed be an issue of food preparation and cross contamination," she said.

Dr. Fast said it was important to ensure:

  • Counter tops and dish clothes are properly and thoroughly cleaned after handling of raw meat products, especially ground beef.
  • Hands are properly washed after the handling of raw meat product, especially before handling other food items (lettuce etc.), which could then become contaminated.
  • Any plates or platters used to transport raw meat to a barbeque are not used after the meat has been cooked, unless they have been thoroughly washed.
  • Any utensils used to handle uncooked meat products are not again used once the meat is cooked unless thoroughly washed.
  • All ground beef is cooked thoroughly so that it is brown throughout and the juices run clear.
  • Everyone, especially children, wash their hands carefully after using the washroom to reduce the risk of spreading disease.


For more information contact:
Heidi Graham                                                                                    
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority                                                     
Tele: (204) 926-7178
Cell: (204) 223-9089     


Related Link

E-coli Fact Sheet

Bookmark Email Print Share this on Facebook SHARE Share this on Twitter Tweet RSS Feeds RSS

Latest Headlines

Press Releases

News Archive

Make text smaller Make text bigger
WRHA Accessibility Plan Icon
Wait Times
View the Winnipeg Health Region's current approximate Emergency Department and Urgent Care wait times.

View wait times
Find Services
Looking for health services in Winnipeg?

Call Health Links-Info Sante at 788-8200

Search 211 Manitoba

Explore alternatives to emergency departments at MyRightCare.ca

Find a Doctor
Mobile App
Use your phone to find information about wait times and health services in Winnipeg. Download the Connected Care mobile app for iPhone today!

Learn more
Wave Magazine
The September / October 2017 issue of Wave, Winnipeg's health and wellness magazine, is now available online.

Read more
Contact Us
Do you have any comments or concerns?

Click here to contact us
Careers
The Winnipeg Health Region has a variety of career opportunities to suit your unique goals and needs.

Visit our Careers site
WRHA Logo Help| Terms of Use | Contact Us | En français