An additional case of E. coli bacteria from tainted cheese at a Salmon Arm farm has been found in the Interior.
Canada’s public health agency reports a total of 23 people, including 11 from B.C., have been diagnosed as suffering from illness after eating tainted cheese.
An Interior Health Authority official confirmed Tuesday one more person who became ill after eating the cheese is from the Interior, bringing the total to five.
That includes an elderly woman who died from the outbreak.
Health officials traced the bacteria to Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled 15 raw-milk cheese products sold online, at Gort's farm and at retail outlets elsewhere in B.C. and Alberta between May 27 to Sept. 14.
Consumers have been warned to discard all cheese from Gort's.
E. coli is a bacteria that can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, kidney failure and death. Symptoms usually last five to 10 days.