Recently, a salmonella outbreak hits Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Salmonella infection is a common bacterial disease. It directly affects and weakens the intestinal tract. Raw or uncooked food are the two major causes of the food borne disease. It is mostly transmitted through contaminated food or feces of infected person. Nausea, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and chills are its prominent symptoms.
According to the report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year 40,000 cases of salmonella surface in the United States.
Up till now, more than thirty four people have been infected with salmonella. 17 residents of Albert, 13 people from British Columbia and four from Saskatchewan diagnosed with the disease.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is currently investigating source of the outbreak. The initial report reveals that the salmonella outbreak is associated to live chicks from an Alberta hatchery.
Shortly after the investigation report, the hatchery owner has sent warning letters to customers regarding live baby poultry.
Health experts warn that people should properly wash their hands after direct contact with poultry animals. In addition, they inform that pregnant women and young children are at high risk of salmonella.