Escherichia coli

Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 is a bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness.  This can occur from eating contaminated food, which can include:

  • improperly cooked or raw ground beef;
  • unpasteurized apple juice/cider;
  • raw fruits and vegetables;
  • salami;
  • milk products; and
  • unpasteurized milk.

Infection can also occur from person-to-person contact and swimming in or drinking contaminated water.

You can prevent E. coli O157:H7 infection by thoroughly cooking ground beef, washing all raw fruits and vegetables, avoiding unpasteurized milk, and washing your hands carefully.

The following link provides more information on E.coli:

For more information please contact your health centre or public health unit.