According to German health officials, a virulent strain of enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria has taken the lives of three women and sickened more than 400 individuals. Authorities from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a German public health institution responsible for disease control and prevention, confirmed that more than 80 individuals have developed hemolytic uremic

Early last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) along with Amira Enterprises Inc. issued a recall of certain Amira brand walnuts because the products were contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Health officials believe that the contaminated walnuts caused thirteen people to become ill as well as the death of one person in Quebec. The

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) announced in a press release on Monday, April 4, 2011, that there have been 13 reported E. coli O157:H7 illnesses likely linked to recently recalled Amira Enterprises walnuts. Although the agency is still trying to ascertain the definitive source of the outbreak, it reported that several individuals who

Yesterday, April 3, 2011, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Amira Enterprises Inc., a distributor of dried fruits and nuts based in St. Laurent, Quebec, warned the public not to eat certain bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The company announced that it was


The Outbreak

CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA/FSIS) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections. Investigators are using DNA analysis of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing to identify cases of illness that may