A warning from earlier in November concerning a Salmonella outbreak in five provinces has been updated by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
The update states that five more cases of illnesses associated with this outbreak have been recorded, but did not say which parts of Canada the individuals were living in.
The initial salmonella outbreak sickened dozens of people in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec has been linked back to English cucumbers. This included 50 cases of lab-confirmed cases of Salmonella infantis illness.
While the warning had more recorded illnesses, the Public Health Agency of Canada did say they had “seen a decrease in the number of cases being reported, which indicates that the outbreak appears to be winding down.”
The public health notice will be updated with any new information regarding the source of contamination or when the investigation closes.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection typically start six to 72 hours after exposure to a contaminated product, and can include fever, chills, diarrhea, cramps, vomiting and nausea.
Most people who become ill from an infection will fully recover in a few days, according to health officials, although individuals can be infectious for up to several weeks.
Infants, children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk for serious illnesses related to Salmonella infections.
It is difficult to know if a product is contaminated with Salmonella because you can’t see, smell or taste it.
To lessen the risk of Salmonella, the following food safety tips are offered by public health officials: