24 sick, 8 hospitalized; E. coli O157 outbreak in New Brunswick

Public health officials are investigating an outbreak of 24 cases of E.coli O157:H7 infection in New Brunswick (that’s in Canada), including 20 in the Miramichi region.

"While lab testing continues, several cases have been confirmed as E. coli O157:H7, a severe strain that can sometimes cause serious illness," said Dr. Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, in a statement. "To date, 24 cases of bloody diarrhea suspected to be caused by E. coli have been reported in the province, with 20 in Miramichi, two in Saint John and two in Bathurst.”

Eight people have been hospitalized; the source of the outbreak has not yet been determined.