Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is investigating an outbreak of salmonella currently associated with a public gathering in Englefeld, Saskatchewan.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

As of this week, 11 people have reported symptoms related to salmonella after consuming food at Englefeld Hogfest on June 30, 2018. Hogfest is an annual public gathering in Englefeld, Saskatchewan, about 145 kilometers east of Saskatoon. Currently, no specific food exposure has been identified. 750 meals were served at the event.

SHA is advising anyone who may have leftovers from this event, frozen or otherwise, should dispose of this food immediately due to possible risk of contamination. In addition, we are stressing the importance of proper and diligent hand washing, especially when handling food or caring for those who are showing symptoms of the illness.

Those who consumed food at the supper served at Hogfest, who have not already been contacted through the public health investigation, should please call the Public Health Disease Control office in Saskatoon.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that typically lasts four to seven days, and most people who are infected develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 to 72 hours after infection. Individuals can recover without treatment, however in some people, the symptoms may be severe enough to require hospitalization due to dehydration.

Children younger than five years, adults older than 65 years, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness. Those experiencing symptoms for more than three days, or symptoms that are especially severe or accompanied by a fever, should contact their health care provider.