Salmonella Outbreak Linked to This Food


The government of Canada recently announced that the current outbreak of Salmonella could possibly be linked to a specific food. 

According to the government of Canada website, as of Nov. 27, 2018, there have been 55 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella Infantis illness that have been investigated.

These cases occurred in the following provinces: British Columbia (47), Alberta (5), Saskatchewan (1), Manitoba (1), and Quebec (1). 

The individuals that have been impacted, who have all been between the ages of one and 92-years-old, all became sick between mid-June and late-October 2018. 

Eleven people have been hospitalized.

No deaths have been reported. 

Currently, there are no food recall warnings associated with this outbreak.

However, the Canadian government recently announced that the outbreak could possibly be linked to long English cucumbers. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate this outbreak further. 

The last update from the Canadian government regarding this outbreak was posted on Nov. 2 and since then, according to the government of Canada website, there has been a decrease in the number of cases being reported which could mean that the outbreak is winding down.

However, people should still be cautious. 

Some symptoms of a Salmonella infection can include vomiting, nausea, chills, headaches, and more. Symptoms usually last anywhere from four to seven days. 

In order to reduce the risk of getting sick, the Canadian government has outlined some tips, which include cutting away any bruised or damaged areas on fresh produce, washing produce thoroughly under fresh, cool, running water, sanitizing countertops, cutting boards, and utensils before and after preparing food.

For more information on the outbreak, click here.

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