N.B. resident linked to U.S. salmonella outbreak

 Source of Article: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Health/resident+linked+salmonella+outbreak/1181151/story.html


Canwest News ServiceJanuary 15, 2009 3:01 PM


OTTAWA A Maritimer has been linked to an extensive salmonella outbreak south of the border, the Public Health Agency of Canada said Thursday.

"I can confirm that there is one case associated with the U.S. outbreak in New Brunswick in an individual known to visit the U.S. frequently," said a spokesman for the agency, Philippe Brideau.

Health and food safety authorities in the state of Minnesota say the likely source of the outbreak that has infected more than 400 people in 43 states is King Nut peanut butter, Brideau said.

The product has been recalled from U.S. store shelves.

Brideau said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has determined that the peanut butter is not available in Canada.

"We're still monitoring the ongoing outbreak of salmonella infections in the United States and we are still working with health authorities in New Brunswick to gather more information on the case," Brideau said.

The Centre for Disease Control says the outbreak may have contributed to three deaths.

On its website, the centre says most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 1272 hours after infection. It says the illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, with most people recovering without treatment.

However, it warns severe salmonella infections causing death can occur, particularly among infants, elderly persons and those with weak immune systems.



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