Public Health Officials Investigate Cause of Salmonella Outbreak in Western Canada | The Canadian News

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it is investigating a salmonella outbreak in western Canada after at least 46 people fell ill from the bacteria.

The agency says it is still trying to determine the cause of the outbreak in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and a case in Ontario related to a trip from Alberta.

Three people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

The agency says in a statement that people who became ill reported eating fresh produce prior to their illness.

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Anyone can get salmonella, but young children, the elderly, pregnant women, or people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk.

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The agency says it is working with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada.

As of Wednesday, 18 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported in British Columbia and another 18 in Alberta. There were also three cases in Saskatchewan and six in Manitoba.

The agency said Friday that the people became ill between late September and mid-October, and are between the ages of nine and 89.

There are no food recall warnings associated with the outbreak.

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