Salmonella outbreak in Alberta spreading through person-to-person contact

Officials in Lethbridge have reported an acute outbreak of salmonellosis with more than 30 cases identified so far. Most of the cases have occurred in rural areas, and many are so-called secondary cases, i.e., infections that resulted from household contact with an infected person. The reports have not identified where the initial infections in this outbreak occurred.

Infections with salmonella bacteria can cause a gastro-intestinal illness (fever, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps) that can be mild and self-limiting to severe. Most people recover within 4 to 7 days without any special treatment other than fluids to prevent dehydration. Travellers can reduce the risk of acquiring salmonella infections by following food and water precautions.

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