Public Health Notice: Outbreak of Salmonella illness related to mangoes

OTTAWA, Aug. 25, 2012 /CNW/ -

Why you should take note

An investigation by provincial and federal health authorities into an outbreak of illness caused by Salmonella Braenderup has led to a recall of certain Daniella brand mangoes (http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2012/20120824ce.shtml) sold between July 12 and August 14, 2012, due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall, reports that these mangoes may have been distributed to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Table 1, below, shows where and how many illnesses have been reported to date. The Public Health Agency of Canada will update this table weekly during the course of the investigation.

Table 1. Location and number of Salmonella Braenderup infections as of Aug 22, 2012

Location Confirmed cases
British Columbia 17
Alberta 5
TOTAL 22

What you should do

Check to see if you have any of the recalled mangoes in your home. If you have mangoes, but aren't certain if they are part of the recall, check with the store where they were purchased.

If you have the product, do not eat it. Secure it in a plastic bag and throw it out. Then wash your hands thoroughly in warm soapy water.

Everyone can protect themselves against Salmonella infections by taking proper precautions (phac-aspc.gc.ca/fs-sa/fst-csa-eng.php) when handling and preparing foods.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection

Salmonella infections, known as salmonellosis, are generally caused by eating contaminated food or water, or coming into direct contact with someone who is sick. Pets such as dogs, cats, amphibians and reptiles and their food can also carry Salmonella bacteria.

Symptoms of salmonellosis often include:

  • sudden onset of fever
  • headache
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting

Who is most at risk?

Anyone can become sick from salmonellosis, but young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness Most people who become ill from salmonellosis will recover fully after a few days.

It's possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and not get sick or show any symptoms, but still be able to spread the infection to others. Take proper precautions (phac-aspc.gc.ca/fs-sa/fst-csa-eng.php) when handling and preparing foods so that you don't inadvertently make someone else sick, especially if you are preparing food for someone at high risk.

How to protect yourself

Do not eat any products listed in the recall (http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2012/20120824e.shtml )

Always take proper precautions (phac-aspc.gc.ca/fs-sa/fst-csa-eng.php) when handling and preparing foods. Wash your hands thoroughly after feeding or handling pets.

Anyone who is or has been in close contact with someone who might be infected with Salmonella should:

  • wash their hands thoroughly and regularly
  • use separate towels for the sick
  • wash their clothes in hot water, and
  • clean bathroom taps, toilets, and doorknobs at least once a day with an antiseptic cleaner.

Generally the disease will run its course in four to seven days. Treatment for those infected with Salmonella should include drinking plenty of liquids to replace body fluids lost through diarrhea and vomiting.

You may wish to check with your doctor if you believe you have a Salmonella infection and you

  • are 65 years or older
  • have a weakened immune system
  • experience severe symptoms
  • experience symptoms lasting longer than seven days.

General food safety

Everyone should practice these general food safety precautions at all times.

Additional information

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's recall notice
(http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2012/20120824ce.shtml)
Health Canada's information on handling and preparing fresh produce
The Government of Canada food safety web portal (foodsafety.gc.ca)
The Public Health Agency of Canada's Anatomy of a Foodborne Illness Outbreak (phac-aspc.gc.ca/fs-sa/anato-eng.php)


 

 

SOURCE: PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA

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