E. coli in walnuts in Canada? Nothing new

Three weeks since the last update on an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to walnuts in Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada today reported … nothing.

PHAC stated:

“Since the last update on April 7, 2011, there have been no new cases of illness reported as part of this outbreak in Canada. The last reported case became ill on March 25, 2011.

"The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) continues to work with provincial/territorial authorities, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to identify illnesses that may be associated with this outbreak and to confirm the source of the outbreak. PHAC will provide updated information as the outbreak investigation progresses."

And then it repeated the statement of April 7, 2011, which noted there have been 14 cases of E. coli illnesses reported from Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. Some of these cases have experienced serious illness. Ten individuals have been hospitalized and 3 cases developed haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).