As if one food poisoning outbreak wasn’t enough , Heath Canada is warning a very dangerous salmonella outbreak in Toronto, Onatrio. The latest update shows that 130 illnesses have been reported, some from just the past couple of days , bring the total for this outbreak up to 150 cases.
Of those cases, the majority of them are in Toronto , where there have been 74 illnesses today. That being said the government also reveals that this latest outbreak ongoing, meaning that illnesses are still being reported to them and that Canadians are at risk.
While this particular outbreak is most likely linked to raw chicken and raw turkey products, but they do not specifically know of any brands or types responsible. This is unlike the other ongoing salmonella outbreak in Canada. In that situation, they have identified a specific brand of frozen chicken nuggets and issued a product recall.
However, that first outbreak that was 6 month ago has also been a lot more detrimental. So far, in there have been 729 reported cases of salmonella illness tied to that first outbreak. This latest warning brings the total number of illnesses from both outbreaks in Canada up to 960.
The case count in this second ongoing outbreak may be higher, that makes it a big concern. In fact, the lack of product recall makes it even worse.
Since this particular outbreak hasn’t been narrowed done to any specific products, Canadians are unable to avoid any foods in particular, unless they cut out all chicken and turkey entirely, just in case.
While Canadians can do very little to avoid this salmonella outbreak when it comes to buying food, the government warns people to be very careful when handling and preparing meat.
Some of their tips include washing your hands before and after you touch raw turkey and raw chicken, cook turkey and chicken products to a safe internal temperature (74-82°C depending on the product), use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meat, and clean everything thoroughly.
Anyone who is exposed to raw chicken or turkey could get salmonella, but people who are infants, elderly, or have compromised immune systems are in the greatest amount of danger.
If you do get sick, symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramping. These typically appear after 6-72 hours and last from four to seven days.