On July 29, 2014, Alberta Health Services (AHS) opened an E. coli O157:H7 (“E. coli”) outbreak investigation, in Alberta.
On November 13, 2014, AHS declared an end to this outbreak.
This declaration followed a period of 24 consecutive days during which no new outbreak cases of E. coli were identified.
The outbreak investigation team has reviewed the investigation findings, and concluded that the cause of this outbreak was exposure to contaminated pork products that were produced and distributed in Alberta.
The E.coli-contaminated pork products have been removed from the market, and do not present an ongoing risk to Albertans.
As always, food safety agencies in Alberta - including AHS - continue to monitor all Alberta food facilities, ensuring safety of food is protected.
Although this outbreak has been declared over (effective Nov. 13/14), E. coli is always a potential risk to health.
E. coli infections are generally caused when a person eats food or drinks water that is contaminated with human or animal feces, or through direct contact with a person who is sick or with animals that carry the bacteria.
Albertans should always follow these proper hygiene and safe food handling and preparation practices, to reduce their risk of E. coli infection:
Cases of E. coli that have been confirmed as linked to the outbreak that AHS declared over on Nov. 13/14.
These cases occurred between July 15 and November 13, 2014:
*Of the 119 cases confirmed as linked to this outbreak, 114 of the cases reside in Alberta. Five of the cases reside outside of Alberta ("Out of Province"); however, contracted E. coli while visiting Alberta.