Public Health Services following cases of E. coli (09/10/30)

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Oct. 30, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Fredericton office of Public Health Services is following four confirmed cases of E. coli believed to be linked to persons who ate at Wendy's Restaurant, 967 Prospect St., Fredericton.

"Public Health advises those who ate at the restaurant before Tuesday, Oct. 27, seek medical attention if they experience symptoms of gastro-intestinal illness, such as severe cramps, diarrhea (may be bloody and watery), abdominal pain and vomiting," said Dr. Cristin Muecke, regional medical officer of health for the Fredericton area.

The cases of E. coli 0157:H7 are believed to be linked to salads prepared and served at the Prospect Street restaurant location. There is no evidence to suggest a public health concern at other restaurant locations. Public Health Services is continuing its investigation into the matter.

The restaurant has implemented control measures to help minimize any risks and has been fully inspected. The restaurant is fully co-operating with Public Health Services and, at this time, Public Health officials do not have any concerns with the restaurant remaining open.

Muecke said anyone experiencing symptoms should follow good hygiene practices, such as washing their hands thoroughly. They should avoid contact with persons who may be particularly susceptible, including the very young, very old and those with weakened immune systems.


MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Hagerman, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-4583.