24 sick with E. coli in Edmonton; sprouts link suspected

Thanks to the reporting of Coral Beach of The Packer, that E. coli outbreak in Edmonton, Alberta (that’s in Canada), is possibly linked to fresh bean sprouts from a local grower, according to a public health official.

Bean_sproutsThe Alberta Health Services issued a public warning Aug. 1 about E. coli, but did not name a grower and no recall has been issued.

As of Aug. 1, officials had confirmed 24 E. coli cases in the Edmonton area in the previous two weeks, according to multiple media reports. Calls to the Alberta Health Services were not immediately returned.

Dr. Christopher Sikora, lead medical officer for the Edmonton zone of the Alberta Health Services, is quoted by newspaper and radio reports as saying 21 of the sick people reported eating fresh bean sprouts before becoming ill. Five of the people had to be hospitalized.

“There is likely no ongoing risk to the public,” Sikora told the Edmonton Journal newspaper. “There is a single Edmonton-based producer for sprouts and we’re still investigating at this point in time. We may or may not find out the reason for the contamination.”