Infectious Diseases 2021

Infectious Diseases 2021

Canada: Egg consumption is the likely culprit of salmonella outbreak

19 February, 2021

The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of salmonella infections in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Fifty-seven sick people infected with Salmonella enteritidis. Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to eggs has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak. Individuals became sick between late October 2020 and late January 2021. Nineteen people have been hospitalized.  Individuals who became ill are between 2 and 98 years of age. The majority of cases (68%) are female. No deaths have been reported.
Some people reported exposure to eggs at an institution, including nursing homes and hospitals, where they resided or worked before getting sick.