In a follow-up on the botulism outbreak in Bordeaux, France, the Public Health Agency of Canada reports three of the 10 cases are residents of Canada. One death has been reported, not a Canadian resident.
Before showing symptoms, all individuals ate at the same restaurant, called Tchin Tchin Wine Bar in Bordeaux, France. The restaurant is located close to the Rugby World Cup 2023 fan zone and is an area popular with tourists.
Sardines prepared by and served at the restaurant are suspected to be the source of illness. Exposures occurred from September 4 to 10, 2023. There may be additional cases identified among Canadians travelling in France who consumed a meal at this restaurant since symptoms of botulism can take up to 8 days to appear. Travellers to France who consumed a meal at Tchin Tchin Wine Bar restaurant between September 4 and 10, 2023 should self-monitor for symptoms, and seek immediate medical care if they develop symptoms.
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