By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the Salmonella outbreak linked to a Sarnia restaurant, Lambton Public Health (LPH) reports 33 laboratory confirmed cases related to this outbreak.

Salmonella bacteria (red)/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

The investigation surrounds people who ate at the Barakat restaurant in Sarnia and the Barakat Food Truck in Corunna in late October.

Health officials report the age range for the laboratory confirmed cases consists of individuals 9 months to 73 years of age. In addition, approximately 170 other individuals have reported illness with symptoms compatible with salmonellosis after eating at these food premises.

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Nine people have been hospitalized. Approximately 90 per cent of the exposures identified occurred between October 21st and 25th, 2020.

Food and environmental swabs have been submitted to public health labs as they become available from the investigation. Initial lab confirmed results from food samples have been negative, and others are still pending. The investigation into the source of this outbreak is ongoing.

The owners of the restaurant continue to cooperate with Lambton Public Health and remain closed while LPH ensures there is no on-going risk of illness.