Following the recall of Alberta beef products by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health is reminding consumers to use safe beef handling and cooking practices.
The ministry reports 13 cases of E.coli infection in Saskatchewan in September — higher than the average of between zero and four.
Authorities are investigating whether these cases are linked to the recall and lab results are expected within the next few days.
Symptoms of E.coli infection usually appear within three to four days and include abdominal pain, watery or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headaches but little or no fever.
Pregnant women are the most at risk, as well as people with compromised immune systems, young children and the elderly.
More information can be gathered by calling HealthLine at 1-877-800-0002. Or by visiting www.healthlineonline.ca.