FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswick now has six confirmed cases of E. coli 0157:H7.

One of these cases was originally attributed to another province because the individual involved has connections with both. The patient now counts among the cases reported in the Fredericton region.

“We are continuing our investigation into potential sources of the infection,” said Dr. Eilish Cleary, chief medical officer of health.

Recent laboratory results confirmed that all six New Brunswick cases are linked. New results are now showing links to cases in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is working closely with Public Health officials from Nova Scotia, Ontario and the federal government.

Cleary reminds New Brunswickers it is important that they wash their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or changing diapers, and that they take food safety precautions such as:

●    washing or peeling all raw vegetables and fruits before eating;
●    thoroughly cooking all meats (meat, poultry and seafood);
●    preventing contact between cooked foods and raw poultry and other meats; and
●    only drinking and eating pasteurized dairy products.

Symptoms of E. coli 0157:H7 resemble gastro-intestinal illness, such as severe cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), abdominal pain and vomiting. Some people may develop anemia and kidney problems.

Cleary said anyone experiencing symptoms compatible with E.coli 0157:H7 should seek advice from their health-care provider and should follow good hygiene practices to prevent further spread of this infection.