Another case of E. coli illness is being investigated in Alberta and officials say it is the same strain as the cases that were linked to the food safety investigation at XL Foods last month.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed that the person became ill in mid-October and is now recovering.

It is the eighth confirmed case in the province since a sample of raw beef trimmings from the plant in Brooks tested positive for E.coli 0157:H7 on September 4, 2012.

The CFIA launched an investigation and closed down operations at the plant until the company could prove to authorities that it could meet food safety requirments.

The CFIA investigation into the tainted beef products prompted the largest beef product recall in Canadian history.

A total of 18 cases of illness are linked to the specific strain of E. coli found in the XL Foods Inc. investigation.

  • Alberta: 8
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 1
  • Quebec: 6
  • British Columbia: 3

Symptoms of E. coli infection vary from person to person; however, they often include:

  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea (often watery and may develop into bloody)
  • Vomiting
  • Fever (generally not very high - usually less than 38.5˚C/101˚F)

Symptoms usually last five to seven days.

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