By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Canadian health officials have reported an additional 78 salmonella infections linked to red onions imported from the United States since Aug 21, bringing to outbreak total to 457. One individual has died, but it is not known if Salmonella contributed to the cause of death.
The breakdown of cases by province is as follows: British Columbia (107), Alberta (257), Saskatchewan (33), Manitoba (25), Ontario (11), Quebec (23) and Prince Edward Island (1).
Individuals who became ill reported eating red onions at home, in menu items ordered at restaurants and in residential care settings.
The Public Health Agency of Canada say there is no evidence to suggest that onions grown in Canada are associated with this outbreak. Onions imported from the United States are under investigation.
They advise against eating, using, selling or serving any red, white, yellow, and sweet yellow onions from Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, California, USA, or any products made with these onions. This advice applies to all individuals across Canada, as well as retailers, distributors, manufacturers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes.
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