North Bay E. coli outbreak – see it all on youtube

The use of video is changing public perceptions of foodborne illness outbreaks. At least that’s what we hypothesized after the 2006 E. coli in spinach outbreak. But check it out for yourself. Next time, get the head of CFIA or FDA on camera, explaining the basis for going public.

As of Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, there were a total of 141 cases, of which 28 are lab confirmed for E. coli O157:H7, which includes cases being investigated by six other health units in Ontario. The case numbers are down because further information has shown that 18 people are not part of this outbreak.

Does that mean there were 18 people who were sick that were part of another outbreak?

At this time, all of the 141 cases are linked to one location – the Harvey’s Restaurant in North Bay.