Saint Francis Xavier cholera outbreak in Nova Scotia prompts new case

Story updated Jan. 11 at 9:35 a.m. ET. A new case of cholera has been confirmed in Nova Scotia , adding to the total number of cases linked to a sewage-related outbreak on the…

Saint Francis Xavier cholera outbreak in Nova Scotia prompts new case

Story updated Jan. 11 at 9:35 a.m. ET.

A new case of cholera has been confirmed in Nova Scotia , adding to the total number of cases linked to a sewage-related outbreak on the Saint Francis Xavier University campus.

The latest case was confirmed in Truro, according to the province’s health department, bringing the total number of cases to 111.

That number includes the 58 people previously confirmed with the disease.

As of Thursday, seven people were still in an intensive care unit in Truro. Others were hospitalized in Halifax and Guelph, Canada, according to the province’s health department.

The university informed its students, staff and faculty of the new case earlier this week and said its sewage system was now being disinfected.

The Saint Francis Xavier University campus on the outskirts of Truro, where several of the cholera cases have been confirmed. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Many students who live in a residence were moved off campus for their own protection, according to the Saint Francis Xavier University website. Students living in common areas were encouraged to notify the health department if they have diarrhea or flu-like symptoms.

Saint Francis Xavier is a private Catholic university in New Brunswick in northwestern Canada.

More than 1,400 people attending the Saint Francis Xavier University campus in Truro are at risk of contracting cholera after the Saint Francis Xavier University campus on the outskirts of the city tested positive for the disease, the Saint John Health Region announced Sunday.

The Saint Francis Xavier University campus on the outskirts of the city tested positive for the disease, the Saint John Health Region announced Sunday.

CNN medical contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on Sunday that the strain of cholera that has been linked to the Saint Francis Xavier University campus is slightly different from the one that sickened thousands in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Dr. Gupta said another brand of cholera, which causes diarrhea and can lead to death, is also suspected in the Saint Francis Xavier outbreak, which appears to have originated in an uncovered pit along a sandy strip of land near a creek.

A truck drives by an area where water distribution was underway on a campus pipe Saturday in Truro, Nova Scotia. Severe water quality issues along a creek have been linked to the Saint Francis Xavier University campus outbreak in a southeastern section of the city. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The Saint John Health Region said students who live in the residence were moved off campus for their own protection.

CNN medical contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on Sunday that the strain of cholera that has been linked to the Saint Francis Xavier University campus is slightly different from the one that sickened thousands in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

The Saint Francis Xavier University campus on the outskirts of the city tested positive for the disease, the Saint John Health Region announced Sunday.

The Saint Francis Xavier University campus on the outskirts of the city tested positive for the disease, the Saint John Health Region announced Sunday.

A sign warning of the bacteria Pathobacillus leuconoleacutrum with cholera, sits next to the Guelph River at a community facility in Guelph, Ontario. The contamination is thought to have originated from a nearby creek. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

By Monique El-Faizy, CNN

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