A report has concluded that the deaths of two elderly people at a home for the elderly in Sapporo were due to Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 infection.
The deaths sparked an investigation after which it was concluded that they had been caused by E. coli originating from Chinese cabbage traced back to a Sapporo-based company named Iwai Shokuhin, TV Asahi reported Wednesday.
On Tuesday, city authorities ordered the company to cease operations while they tracked the Chinese cabbage that had been distributed so far, but the company had reportedly already opted to cease trading on Aug 11.
Doctors say that although most strains of the E. coli bacteria are harmless, several are known to produce toxins that can cause diarrhea and strain O157 in particular can cause severe diarrhea and kidney damage.
City health officials also announced Wednesday that they do not believe there is a connection between the deaths at the facility for the elderly and the death of a 4-year-old girl who died from an E. coli 0157 infection on Aug 11, TV Asahi reported. The source of that outbreak has not yet been determined.© Japan Today