Public health officials in five provinces are investigating a salmonella outbreak that has affected 45 individuals.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said that as of Oct. 19, 37 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella infantis illness were being investigated in British Columbia, with five cases in Alberta, and one each in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec. The individual from Quebec reported travelling to B.C. before becoming ill, a news release says.
Many of the individuals who became sick reported eating cucumbers, but other potential sources are also being considered. PHAC didn’t give any other details on where the foods that may have been behind the outbreak were purchased.
Nine people required hospitalization, but no deaths have been reported.
All incidents occurred between mid-June and late September.
The health agency said the outbreak appears to be ongoing, as illnesses continue to be reported.
Salmonella illnesses have been reported in western Canada. The investigation is ongoing to identify the source. Many individuals who became sick reported eating cucumbers before their illness. Other sources are also being considered. Stay updated: https://t.co/FNonvV3055 pic.twitter.com/LF0ZNRqohi
— GovCanHealth (@GovCanHealth) October 21, 2018