British Columbia Center for Disease Control

Public health officials in Canada have confirmed that cantaloupes are the source of an outbreak of Salmonella infections.

The British Columbia Center for Disease Control reports that the outbreak is ongoing. So far there are eight confirmed patients in the province. There are likely more sick people because many do not seek medical treatment and other who do are not specifically tested for Salmonella infection.

The imported cantaloupes sold under the brand “Malichita” have been recalled in Canada and the United States. They may have small stickers with a very small version of the Malichita logo.

There have not yet

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The use of online surveys to collect responses from healthy people during outbreak investigations has been tested by researchers in Canada.

In foodborne outbreak investigations, case-control and cohort studies are used to test hypotheses and identify a source, but they are resource-intensive and recruiting appropriate controls, or non-ill people, is challenging, according to the study published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection.

Other methods include population-based food consumption surveys and use of case-case analysis to generate or test a hypothesis but such population data may not provide a representative control group, or include sufficient food product precision and can
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At least five people in British Columbia have been confirmed with E. coli infections linked to unpasteurized cheese, prompting a recall and a public warning from health officials.

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is urging consumers to discard or return to the place of purchase any Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Qualicum Spice cheese that they currently have at home.

Five people in B.C. have been confirmed with E. coli infections, with illness onset dates between August and October. Qualicum Spice cheese samples were tested and found to be contaminated with E. coli. The investigation is ongoing to determine
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Anyone who has eaten Western Family brand freshcut pineapple in British Columbia recently is at risk of developing Hepatitis A and has an extremely limited amount of time to take the post-exposure vaccination for the virus.

Complicating the situation is the fact that Canadian public health officials believe other products are affected, but they had not been identified for the public as of Saturday evening. No illnesses had been confirmed as of Friday.

The British Columbia Center for Disease Control reported that the Hepatitis A virus had been detected in a sample of Western Family fresh pineapple chunks. The agency
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recalled Rogers flour bagAlmost three weeks after a public health warning about E. coli contamination of Rogers brand flour, the company Rogers Foods Ltd. is recalling the flour from Costco locations in British Columbia.

The recall notice dated June 7 and posted Thursday on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website names the same batch of flour that the British Columbia Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) named in its May 19 public health warning.

That warning came after six people in the province were confirmed infected with the same strain of E. coli O121 that investigators confirmed in a bag of Rogers flour
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Consumption of raw or undercooked oysters from British Columbia is blamed for 321 cases of norovirus gastroenteritis in three Canadian provinces, according to an updated report from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), released March 27.

The outbreak, which has affected residents of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, began in December 2016 and is on-going.

Toysters_406x250he British Columbia Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) first alerted the public to the problem on Jan. 13, reporting more than 70 cases of norovirus gastroenteritis in four different health districts. All of the illnesses were associated with consumption of raw or
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