Salmonella outbreaks have been continuously plaguing the nation throughout the past year. As of May 25, 2019, there had been 584 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella outbreaks investigated across the country since 2017. Now, Health Canada is warning that another salmonella outbreak has hit provinces across Canada, and it is believed to be linked to raw turkey and raw chicken.
On Tuesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that at least ninety-six Canadians have fallen ill due to a Salmonella outbreak that is affecting the nation. The outbreak is currently making its way throughout Canada and investigations are still ongoing.
While the investigation linked to this salmonella outbreak is still ongoing, the Public Health Agency of Canada has stated that due to initial findings, it is believed that raw turkey and chicken products are to blame for these illnesses.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has not announced that any specific products have been recalled due to this outbreak, they are asking Canadians to make sure that they fully cook chicken and turkey products, and thoroughly wash any products that come in contact with this raw meat to protect yourself from salmonella.
Yet, as the investigation continues, recalls may be made at a later date. During this investigation, the Public Health Agency of Canada is not advising that consumers avoid eating turkey or chicken, just that they take extra care in handling the meat properly.
As of July 30, there have been ninety-six confirmed cases of Salmonella illness due to this outbreak throughout a variety of provinces including, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, and New Brunswick.
Twenty-eight of these individuals have been hospitalized due to this outbreak, and one individual has died.
This isn't the only salmonella outbreak that is occurring across Canada at the moment. A public notice has also been issued to an outbreak of salmonella that is linked to frozen raw chicken products.
However, this investigation has led to a food recall and as of May 24, Compliments-brand chicken strips have been recalled throughout Canada due to potential salmonella.
An average of 6,500 cases of Salmonella are reported annually by Canadians. Salmonella can affect people of all ages and symptoms include fever, chills, nausea and abdominal cramps that can last up to seven days. Those who experience these symptoms should contact their doctors immediately.