Canadian health officials are warning the public about a salmonella outbreak that has affected dozens of people in multiple provinces.
So far, 63 illnesses have been reported in six provinces: BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
The ages of the people affected range from one to 87, according to The Public Health Agency of Canada. A total of 18 people have been hospitalized.
Two deaths have been reported, however, it has not been determined whether Salmonella was a contributing cause.
The source of the outbreak has not been identified.
“Outbreak investigators are gathering information on possible sources. The outbreak appears to be ongoing, as illnesses continue to be reported,” the agency said in a public health bulletin.
Anyone can become sick from a salmonella infection, but infants, children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile.
“Most people who become ill from a Salmonella infection will recover fully after a few days. It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others,” the bulletin warns.
In January, a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people in 10 provinces was linked back to raw chicken products, particularly breaded chicken nuggets.
To lessen the risk of contracting salmonella, the following food safety tips are offered by public health officials:
NEW OUTBREAK: There are 63 #Salmonella illnesses reported across six provinces: BC, AB, SK, MB, ON and QC. The investigation is ongoing to find the source of the outbreak. Stay informed by reading the public health notice. Find out more: https://t.co/EEJiEkcJmo pic.twitter.com/O18mvai4gA
— GovCanHealth (@GovCanHealth) April 6, 2019