Canadian salmonella outbreak: PHAC says several provinces have been affected

TORONTO – The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), along with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and provincial health partners has issued a notice of outbreak of Salmonella infections affecting BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

The source of the blast has not been identified and the investigation is ongoing, according to a PHAC statement sent out Friday.

The disease in Ontario was related to a trip to Alberta.

Investigators are gathering information on possible sources and how contamination may have occurred.

Many of the sick individuals reported eating fresh produce before falling ill, the publication says, but more information is needed to determine the source of the outbreak.

The outbreak appears to be ongoing as diseases continue to be reported, but there is currently “no evidence to suggest that residents in other provinces and territories are affected by this outbreak.”

The publication states that PHAC is issuing the public notice to inform residents in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba of the outbreak and to share safe food handling practices to prevent further Salmonella infections.

As of Nov. 10, 46 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella disease had been investigated: 18 in BC, 18 in Alberta, three in Saskatchewan, six in Manitoba and one in Ontario, according to the statement.

Individuals fell ill between late September 2021 and mid-October 2021.

Three individuals were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported. Individuals who have fallen ill are between nine and 89 years of age. The majority of cases, 64 percent, were female, according to PHAC.

If and when contaminated food is identified, recalls will be introduced as needed; however, to date there are no Food Revocation Warnings associated with this outbreak.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection normally begin six to 72 hours after exposure of an infected animal or contaminated product, and may include fever, chills, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

In healthy people, Salmonella infections often clear up without treatment, but sometimes antibiotics may be required. In some cases, severe illness may occur and hospitalization may be required. People who are infected with Salmonella bacteria can be infected from several days to several weeks.

People who experience symptoms, or who have underlying medical conditions, should contact their healthcare provider if they suspect they have a Salmonella infection, PHAC said.

SAFETY TIPS

Salmonella cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, so it is difficult to know whether a product is contaminated. PHAC suggests washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling fresh produce, cutting off any bruised or damaged areas on fresh produce as harmful bacteria can thrive in those areas and cleaning knives with warm soap and water before use. them on another product.

Wash fresh produce thoroughly under fresh, cool, running water, even if you plan to peel them, says PHAC – and don’t soak fresh produce in a sink full of water. It can be contaminated by bacteria in the sink.

Public Health Agency of Canada:

Public inquiries, Call toll free: 1-866-225-0709, Email: info@hc-sc.gc.ca

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