Saskatchewan man gets sick from E. coli in cheese

A Saskatchewan man has fully recovered after falling ill with E. coli bacteria in early September, which has been connected with a cheese products outbreak in British Columbia.

The man fell ill in early September and has since recovered

A Saskatchewan man has fully recovered after falling ill with E. coli bacteria in early September, which has been connected with a cheese products outbreak in British Columbia. 

The man from northwest Saskatchewan bought the cheese in B.C., ate it and became sick CBC News has been told.

One person has died and 11 became ill, four in B.C. and eight in Alberta, after eating E. coli-tainted products from Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm of Salmon Arm, B.C.

Saskatchewan health officials said Friday that the local E. coli case is related to that outbreak.

"The information we have is that this product has not been sold in Saskatchewan and most of the people who were exposed obtained it through travelling through B.C.," said Saqib Shahab, Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer.

He also said some of the cheese was purchased through online accounts that were primarily in B.C. and Alberta. 

Shahab suggests people who have travelled through B.C. or bought cheese this summer should check the recall products from Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm. 

It still remains unclear how the cheese was contaminated with E. coli, said Shahab. 

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency along with the local health authorities in B.C. are investigating. 

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