A Salmonella outbreak has sickened dozens in eight provinces in Canada, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada Thursday. The agency is collaborating with federal and provincial public health partners to investigate the outbreak. At this time, no source has been identified and the investigation is ongoing.
Currently, there are 34 cases of Salmonella Infantis illness in eight provinces: British Columbia (3), Alberta (6), Saskatchewan (2), Manitoba (2), Ontario (16), Quebec (3) Nova Scotia (1), and New Brunswick (1). Individuals became sick between June 12 and September 20, 2015. The majority of cases (62%) are female, with an average age of 41 years. Eight people have been hospitalized, and all have recovered or are recovering. No deaths have been reported.
Over the summer, Canada experienced a Salmonella outbreak from live poultry that sickened scores. In the end, 61 people from four provinces and one territory were affected.
In addition, Canadian health officials released the final update on the Vibrio parahaemolyticus outbreak linked to raw shellfish, which sickened 82 in four provinces.
Given that there have not been any recent cases of Vibrio reported since September 3, the outbreak appears to be over and the investigation is coming to a close.
Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch
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