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Salmonellosis outbreak in Ontario and Quebec is believed to be linked to a sausage

A salmonellosis outbreak that affected a dozen people in Ontario and Quebec is believed to be linked to the consumption of a certain brand of sausage, public health officials say.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), its provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada are investigating the outbreak.

The filicetti-branded exposure to the Italian sausage, soft, dry-salted, is said to be one of the sources of the outbreak. Some sick people reported eating this product before the disease appeared. Other people reported consuming Filicetti brand dry sausages before becoming ill.

On October 16, the CFIA issued a food recall notice for various ready-to-eat dried sausages, including Filicetti’s dry-salted sweet Italian sausage. The CFIA discovered other affected products and issued an updated food recall notice.

As of October 23, 2019, there were 12 confirmed cases of Salmonella Litchfield (Salmonella enterica serotype Litchfield) infection, ten in Ontario and two in Quebec.

The disease occurred in those affected between May and September 2019. One person was hospitalized.

Anyone can get salmonellosis (salmonella infection), but infants, children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems have an increased risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile.

Most people who are sickened by salmonellosis make a full recovery after a few days.

Symptoms of salmonella infection usually appear 6 to 72 hours after exposure to salmonella from an infected animal or person or from a contaminated product.

They include fever, chills, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, nausea and vomiting.

Consumers are advised to immediately dispose of all recalled products.

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