Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Salmonella in poultry sickens 110 Canadians

The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a news release this week announcing that 110 Canadians have been sickened by the Reading strain of salmonella.

There have, however, been no product recalls issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to raw turkey and raw chicken products has been identified as the likely source of the outbreak,” the Public Health Agency said, adding that outbreaks are continuing.

“Many of the individuals who became sick reported eating different types of turkey and chicken products before they fell ill,” the agency said.
There have been 26 people sickened in British Columbia,  36 in Alberta, 24 in Manitoba and seven in Ontario and one each in Quebec, the Northwest Territories and New Brunswick plus six in Nunavit.
Whole-genome sequencing linked all of these cases which showed up between April, 2017, and this August. 
Thirty-two people were treated in hospitals and one died.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) previously investigated similar Salmonella illnesses in several states that were linked to raw turkey exposure. 

There were some turkey products recalled in the U.S., but none were from Canada.