Someone Who Got Sick Because Of Canada's Onion Salmonella Outbreak Has Died
The exact cause of death is still under investigation.
This is scary! The salmonella outbreak Canada is dealing with because of onions from the U.S. could be responsible for someone losing their life. One person who got sick with this disease has died.
In an update about the outbreak released on August 31, Health Canada confirmed that someone who got salmonella from onions grown in the U.S. has passed away.
Right now it's not known if the disease is why the person died or if it was something else.
So far there have been 457 confirmed cases in Canada with 66 people being hospitalized because of it.
Health Canada didn't mention if the person who died was one of the individuals who had to be admitted to the hospital.
With this outbreak, people have gotten sick between mid-June and early August.
They all range in age from just one-year-old to 100 years old with the majority being female.
All of the people in Canada who became ill reported eating red onions at home, in items order from restaurants or in food at residential care places.
Alberta has the most confirmed cases with 257, B.C. has 107, Saskatchewan has 33, Manitoba has 25, Quebec has 23, Ontario has 11 and P.E.I. has one.
After an investigation into the salmonella outbreak, it's been confirmed that contaminated red onions are coming from Thomson International Inc. which is located in Bakersfield, California.
Health Canada is warning people not to eat, use, serve or sell any red, yellow, white and sweet yellow onions from the company.
That includes any products that are made with those vegetables.
Vegetables grown in Canada aren't affected by this.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been issuing recalls for products that have come into the country with these onions.
, crab cakes, sandwiches and more have been added to the list.
Salmonella symptoms can usually last for four to seven days and people who have the disease can be infectious for days or even weeks.
Usually, it clears up without treatment but sometimes antibiotics are needed.
If you have symptoms or think you might have salmonella, you should contact your healthcare provider.