Three killed by E. coli in Ontario

from CBC.ca archives | Wed, 24 May 2000

WALKERTON - An e.coli outbreak in southern Ontario has claimed three lives. Health officials say an infant and an 82-year-old woman have died. The age of the third victim has not been released by doctors.

The outbreak has infected about 400 people in the Walkerton area. It poses a serious risk for the elderly and the very young. Several people are in hospital in critical condition.

Dr. Murray McQuigge says that more than 200 people have visited hospital emergency rooms in the area. He calls the outbreak an epidemic, the worst-ever outbreak of e.coli in Canada. McQuigge says the community's drinking water is not safe.

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