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SKSS alert from Interior Health

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SKSS alert from Interior Health
by S. Zryd - Thursday, 13 May 2010, 10:51 AM

For Immediate Release | May 12, 2010

E. coli Cases Being Investigated in Kamloops High School

Interior Health is taking steps to address E. coli infections in a number of students, as five cases have been confirmed at South Kamloops Senior Secondary.

The five students started to experience symptoms between April 25th and 29th, which indicates this may be a food exposure with a time-limited source.

“We have not been able to identify the source food yet and there is no indication of ongoing transmission”, says Dr. Rob Parker, IH Medical Health Officer. “There haven’t been any new cases reported but we are still investigating possible causes, either person to person, food item, or a combination of the two. It’s also very important for any students that may be experiencing serious gastrointestinal symptoms to report them to their physician or the health unit.”

The school’s students will be going home with a letter at the end of today, describing the situation and listing symptoms to watch for.

Bloody diarrhea is the main symptom of an E. coli infection. You may also have stomach cramps and nausea and vomiting. Some people do not notice any symptoms at all and children are more likely than adults to have symptoms. Symptoms usually start 3 or 4 days after you come in contact with the E. coli. Most people get better in about a week.

If you experience any symptoms that you think could be related to something you ate or drank, it’s advised you go to the doctor to get it checked out.

E. coli can be contracted by coming into contact with the feces, or stool, of humans or animals. This can happen when you drink water or eat food that has been contaminated by feces.

Treatment of infection with E. coli bacteria involves managing complications—mainly dehydration caused by diarrhea.

For more information:

HealthLink BC Information on E. coli

HealthLink BC – Dial 8-1-1, 24 hours a day

IH Media Contacts:

Dr. Rob Parker, Medical Health Officer (250) 868-7832

Lannea Parfitt, Communications Officer (250) 870-5898

School District Contacts:

Cale Birk, Principal, South Kamloops Senior Secondary (250) 374-1705

Dr. Terry Sullivan, Superintendent, SD #73 (250) 374-0679

Michelle Marginet, Mgr. Health & Safety, SD #73 (250) 374-0679