Outbreak of Cyclospora Under Investigation • Cases Reported in BC, Alberta, Ontario & Quebec

There have been at least two cases of Cyclospora reported in Alberta.

Cyclospora infections are being investigated by the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and multiple provincial health partners in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

It is unclear at this time what the source of the outbreak is however imported fresh produce products are items of interest in the ongoing investigation.

This infection is not common in Canadian foods, nor is it found in our drinking water.

What is Cyclospora?

Cyclospora is a microscopic single-celled parasite that is passed in people’s feces. If it comes in contact with food or water, it can infect the people who consume it. This causes an intestinal illness called cyclosporiasis.The Public Health Agency of Canada

The parasite is most common in tropical and subtropical countries such as Peru, Cuba, India, Nepal, and Mexico, to name a few.

How many cases?

A total of 51 cases were reported in Canada. 44 of which were reported in Ontario, 4 in Quebec, 2 in Alberta and 1 in British Columbia. 51% of all cases were male, the other 49% female. The average age for reported cases is 49 years old.

At this time there are no multi-jurisdictional outbreaks of Cyclospora which have been linked to produce grown in Canada.

View the fact sheet about Cyclospora
Where is Cyclospora most commonly found?

Previous cases of Cyclospora in Canada and the US were linked to various types of imported fresh produce such as pre-packaged salad mix, basil, cilantro, raspberries and blackberries, to name a few.

You can reduce your risk of getting Cyclospora by cooking produce imported from countries where Cyclospora is found, and by consuming fresh produce grown in countries where Cyclospora is not common such as Canada, the US, and European countries.

The Government of Canada is committed to food safety. The Public Health Agency of Canada leads human health investigations of outbreaks and is in regular contact with its federal and provincial partners to monitor and take collaborative steps to address outbreaks.Public Health Agency of Canada

STORY CONTINUES BELOW
STORY CONTINUES BELOW

The Public Health Agency of Canada will update the public when new information becomes available. We here at Edmonton Talks News will try our best to keep you notified as well.

If you would like more information or the latest update, you are free to call the Public Health Agency of Canada at their toll-free public inquiry line 1.866.225.0709 or via e-mail at info@hc-sc.gc.ca


4,097 VIEWS
41 SHARES
2 COMMENTS


Jody Mitoma

Founder of Edmonton Talks News.

2 COMMENTS

Join the Conversation!

Thu, 18 May 2017 07:15:00 +0000State of the Art Aerial Park Opens Soon in Snow Valley Park
Sun, 07 May 2017 07:55:09 +0000Special Olympics Fundraiser Begins with Help From Your Toonies
Thu, 04 May 2017 10:28:54 +0000‘Alberta Cash Cows’ Get Ready for 3rd Edmonton Cash Cow Extravaganza
Wed, 03 May 2017 07:15:00 +0000To Sing or Not to Sing, That is the Question
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:15:00 +0000Oilers’ Amazing Joey Moss Sets Incredible Tone for Edmonton Playoffs
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:00 +0000Airline-Speed Trains Proposed Along Edmonton-Calgary Corridor