E. Coli (Verotoxin-Producing) and Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome - Statistics and Incidence Rate

Verotoxin-producing E. coli including haemolytic uraemic syndrome is a group of bacterium (that includes E. coli 0157:H7) commonly found in the digestive tracts of animals. Transmission includes both direct or indirect contact with infected humans, animals or waste. This may include the consumption of contaminated food (undercooked meats or unpasteurized milk), fecal-oral transmission and person to person.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea and bloody diarrhea

E. Coli (Verotoxin-Producing) and Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome in Niagara

  • Less than five cases reported for 2015
  • The incidence rate for Niagara and the province has fluctuated between 2006 and 2014. As of 2014, Niagara was found to be below the provincial incidence rate for Verotoxin producing e. coli including HUS (Figure 1)

Figure 1. Incidence rate of Verotoxin producing e.coli including HUS by year, for Niagara region and Ontario (2006-2014).

Probable and confirmed cases reported.
Sources: Integrated Public Health Information System [2006-2015], extracted March 31, 2016 by Niagara Region Public Health; Population Estimates, IntelliHealth, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care [2015], extracted April 17, 2015 by Niagara Region Public Health. Ontario data: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Integrated Public Health System database, extracted by Public Health Ontario [April 20, 2015].

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