Health Canada warned that a second salmonella outbreak in Canada has occurred this year. However, investigations are still underway, and the source has not yet been identified.
Reported Cases of Salmonella Poisoning:
- Alberta (24)
- British Columbia (20)
- Manitoba (10)
- Saskatchewan (6)
- Ontario (6)
The outbreak is reported as ongoing, and cases continue to be reported.
While this particular outbreak is most likely linked to raw chicken and raw turkey products, but they do not specifically know of any brands or types responsible.
This is unlike the other ongoing salmonella outbreak in Canada. In that situation, they have identified a specific brand of frozen chicken nuggets and issued a product recall.
The above outbreak has the latest warning brings the total number of illnesses from both outbreaks in Canada up to 601.
These nuggets are the latest in a massive nationwide outbreak that has resulted in over 500 illnesses. The outbreak has been ongoing since May 2017, as a result of a newly developed method for testing of Salmonella bacteria in food products. This latest product recall is the 15th investigation in the current outbreak.
Currently, there is no product recall of this continued outbreak.
Canadians are advised to minimise their exposure to chicken and turkey products and/or to ensure thorough cooking.
Anyone who is exposed to raw chicken or turkey could get salmonella, however those at greatest risk:
- Pregnant moms
- Immune compromised individuals
- diarrhoea, and cramping.
These typically appear after 6-72 hours and last from four to seven days.
Food poisoning symptoms can be defined as an illness caused by consuming food or drink that has been contaminated, causing nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea. CDC
The symptoms of food poisoning depend on the type of contaminant and the amount eaten. Food poisoning can develop rapidly within 6 hours or slightly worsening over a few days. Most of the common contaminants caused nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramping. Usually, food poisoning is not serious and the illness runs its course within 24 to 48 hours. However, food poisoning can happen within 6 hours in serious cases otherwise up to 24 hours.
When to Call a Doctor
Call a doctor immediately if symptoms last more than 3 days or you have:
- Severe belly pain
- Bloody diarrhoea or dark stools
- Vomiting that is prolonged or bloody
- Signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, decreased urination, dizziness, fatigue, or increased heart rate or breathing rates.