December 18, 2018

Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Sickens 22 in Canada

The Romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least 32 people in 11 states in the United States has also sickened 22 people in Canada, according to Public Health Canada. Romaine lettuce has been identified as the outbreak source in both countries. The patient case count by province in this romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak is: Ontario (4), Quebec (17), and New Brunswick (1). The illnesses began between mid-October and early November 2018. Eight people have been hospitalized, and one person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a kind of kidney failure. And the illnesses in this romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak are genetically related to illnesses reported last year that sickened people in both countries. This "suggests there may be a … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Associated with Cucumbers Updated

The Salmonella outbreak in Canada that may be associated with long English cucumbers has been updated by Public Health Canada. Five more ill persons have been added to the case count. Those sickened live in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec. Based on the investigation findings, exposure to long English cucumbers has been identified as the likely source of this outbreak. Many of those sickened said they ate that vegetable before they got sick. The outbreak is ongoing, and more illnesses continue to be reported. The outbreak seems to be limited to western Canada. As of November 2, 2018, there are 50 lab-confirmed cases of Salmonella Infantis illnesses in those provinces. The case count by province is: British Columbia (42), Alberta (5), Saskatchewan (1), … [Read more...]

Romaine E. coli O157:H7 HUS Outbreak Spreads to Canada; More Lawsuits?

The E. coli O157:H7 HUS outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that is plaguing the United States has moved to Canada, according to a Public Health Notice posted by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Six people in that country are sick with E. coli O57 infections with a "similar genetic fingerprint" to illnesses in the U.S. Two of those sickened said they visited the U.S. before they got sick. Three people got sick in Canada, and information is pending for the fourth person. The notice states that the likely source of the outbreak in Canada is romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing regions in the U.S. The case count in Canada is: British Columbia (1), Alberta (1), Saskatchewan (2), and Ontario (2). The patients got sick between late March and mid-April 2018. One of the Canadian cases … [Read more...]

FDA Tells Consumers to Avoid Raw Oysters From Baynes Sound, Canada for Possible Norovirus

Canada has had an issue with contaminated oysters for some time. Now the FDA is warning consumers to avoid the potentially contaminated shellfish.The FDA has confirmed that potentially contaminated raw oysters that were harvested in the south and central parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada, were distributed to California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington state. These shellfish are linked to a norovirus outbreak in Canada. A traceback investigation is being conducted to discover where the shellfish were distributed, and to make sure they are removed from the food supply. Retailers should not sell raw oysters that were harvested within these harvest locations, also called landfills, in Baynes Sound:  #1411206, #1400483, and #278757. Consumers should know that … [Read more...]

Vibrio Cholerae Infections Associated with Herring Eggs in Canada

The First Nations Health Authority and Island Health is warning the public in Canada that confirmed cases of Vibrio cholerae infections have been reported in association with herrings eggs that are laid in the marine environment, and not in herring roe harvested from the fish. This bacteria causes a form of cholera, which is practically unknown in Canadian waters. You can see the possible contamination areas in the map below. Canada has had just two cases of cholera a year since 2014. At least four people are sick in this outbreak. This infection is very rare in industrialized nations, but occurs in Africa, Haiti, and Southeast Asia, according to the CDC. As of March 23, 2018, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has issued an emergency closure on Herring Egg Harvest in … [Read more...]

Health Canada Says E. coli O157 Outbreak In That Country Linked to Romaine Lettuce Over

Health Canada says that the E. coli O157 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in that country is over. At least 42 people in 5 provinces were sickened in this outbreak. As of January 10, 2018, there were 42 cases of illness in this E. coli O157 outbreak that were reported in five eastern provinces: Ontario (8), Quebec (15), New Brunswick (5), Nova Scotia (1), and Newfoundland and Labrador (13). Individuals became sick in November and early December 2017. Seventeen individuals were hospitalized because their illnesses were so severe. One person died in this E. coli O157 outbreak. Patients were between the ages of 3 and 85 years of age. The majority of cases (74%) were female. Most of those who were sickened said they ate romaine lettuce the week before they got sick. Patients ate … [Read more...]

E. coli O157 Outbreak in Canada Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grows to 40 Sick

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an E. coli O157 outbreak in five provinces. As of December 21, 2017, 40 people are sick in this outbreak, which is linked to the consumption of romaine lettuce. Individuals in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador are advised to avoid romaine lettuce until more is known about this outbreak and the cause of contamination. This outbreak is ongoing, as illnesses linked to romaine lettuce continue to be reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Officials think that contaminated lettuce may still be on the market, including in restaurants, grocery stores, and any establishments that serve food. This product has a shelf life up to 5 weeks. There is a risk of E. coli infections associated with … [Read more...]

In Canada, Cyclospora Outbreak Grows to Include 61 Cases

In Canada, a Cyclospora outbreak has grown to include 61 cases. Health officials have not yet identified the food source of the outbreak, but imported produce is  suspected. A parasite native to tropical climates, Cyclospora is not commonly found in Canada or the U.S. Often illnesses are travel-related or linked to imported produce such as berries, salads greens, and peas. In this outbreak, the 61 cases were reported between May and July from: British Columbia (1), Alberta (2), Ontario (52), and Quebec (6). One person was hospitalized. The outbreak occurs as more than 150 British travelers to resorts in Cancun, Mexico picked up the parasite while vacationing and as Texas battles a Cyclospora outbreak for the fourth straight summer. A food source has not been identified, but the … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Canada Linked to Costco Frozen Berry Blend

A hepatitis A outbreak in Canada is linked to frozen berries sold at Costco in that country. The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak in three provinces. The product, Nature's Touch Organic Berry Cherry Blend, is being recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. You can see more information about the recalled product here. At least 12 people have been sickened in this outbreak. The case count by province is: Ontario (9), Quebec (2), and Newfoundland and Labrador (1). People started getting sick in February and March, 2016. Some of those sickened at the recalled product. Most of the cases are male, with an average age of 37 years. Three people have been hospitalized in this outbreak because their illness is so severe. Hepatitis A infections can occur among … [Read more...]

Hepatitis A Outbreak in British Columbia

Government officials in British Columbia, Canada are investigating a hepatitis A outbreak in Dawson Creek. Five cases have been confirmed to date. Northern Health's chief medical officer Dr. Sandra Allison said that an outbreak has been declared, even those the clusters are seemingly unrelated. Hepatitis A is a virus that is very contagious. It is spread through fecal-oral contact. Very tiny amounts of feces can contaminate food and drink. People shed the virus before symptoms appear and before they know they are sick, and can sicken others if they prepare or serve food or beverages. These outbreaks are often traced back to contaminated food or to an ill food worker. There is no word on what has caused this particular outbreak. Hepatitis A outbreaks in the past have been linked to … [Read more...]

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