09/25/2012 11:15 EDT | Updated 02/02/2014 12:59 EST

E. Coli Cases Being Investigated In Alberta, Not Linked To Recall

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Alberta Health Services is looking into eight cases of E. coli in the province, none of which have been directly linked to the recent Alberta beef recall, the Calgary Sun reports.

Three of these cases are in Calgary, one in Central Alberta and four in the Edmonton area, CTV Calgary added.

E. coli is found in the intestines of man or animals more commonly known as "hamburger disease," Alberta Health Services states.

Common symptoms of the disease include mild dehydration and diarrhea and appear within three to four days of consumption.

“It is an enteric infection that can be serious, especially when there are complications,” said Dr. Judy MacDonald, medical officer of health with Alberta Health Services, the Calgary Sun adds.

Albertas most recent ground beef recall has been expanded seven times, with U.S. officials banning beef exports from the Alberta plant being the most recent development.

While E. coli is generally associated with ground meat, Alberta Health Services warns that the bacteria can also be found in foods including poultry, pork, cheese, sprouts, lettuce, yogurt, and unpasteurized milk and fruit juices and advises Albertans to take precaution.

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