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E. coli Sources in Quebec, Windham and Willimantic, Connecticut unnamed – 14 Sick

Unnamed City, unnamed restaurant in Quebec:  Quebec’s Health Ministry has confirmed that one restaurant is behind seven recent cases of E. coli O157:H7, but the name of the restaurant and the city it is in have yet to be released.

The illnesses occurred in early December.  Of the seven victims, only two are said to be from outside the province.

Inspectors have visited the restaurant in question.

Unknown Source Windham – Willimantic, Connecticut:  The North Central District Health Department has reported seven E. coli O157:H7 cases.  The Department of Public Health said it is investigating and believes all of the people were infected between mid-December and Christmas time.

All of them required the patients to be hospitalized, according to the department.

Health officials said five of them were mild cases, but two were a severe form of the bacterial infection known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, or HUS.  They said the people with the mild cases have already been released, but one of the two with HUS remains in the hospital.

The source of the E. coli O157:H7 has not been found.