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Outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella infections found in Canada: Public Health

By Caitlin Snow Nov 14, 2023 | 11:39 AM

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Drug-resistant salmonella infections are spreading across the country.

Public Health says many of those infected are aged 5 years and younger.

They say the illness came from two sources identified so far:

Raw pet food and contact with cattle, particularly calves.

Public Health says if you come into contact with either, wash your hands.

Symptoms typically start 6 to 72 hours after exposure to Salmonella bacteria, and usually last for 4-7 days.

Symptoms may include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • abdominal cramps

Public Health says there have been 40 confirmed cases as of November 11 in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, PEI and Quebec.

The investigation is ongoing.