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2013 Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Gort's Cheese Products

The Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial partners in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in 28 patients who consumed cheese products manufactured by Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Illness onsets occurred between mid-July 2103 and late September 2013. Four persons were hospitalized. One person died.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Cheese
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Gort's Gouda Cheese
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 28
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 28
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 4
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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