According to the Saskatchewan Health Authority, 11 people have been infected with salmonella after eating at Englefeld Hogfest, an event that took place on June 30th. Those affected are showing typical symptoms of the bacterial disease. Moreover, since around 750 meals were distributed during the events, the health officials expect that more people could develop the salmonella infection.
Salmonella infection can be severe
At the moment, we do not know what type of food caused the poisoning of the participants of the annual event in the village of Englefeld. However, we do know what kind of microbe caused this outbreak. The infection with salmonella usually lasts between four to seven days, sometimes turning into a severe disease. A person who contacted salmonella can develop the first symptoms as early as 12 hours after the exposure, although it might take up to 72 hours before we see the first signs of the illness.
The symptoms of the salmonella infection
The most common symptoms of the infection with salmonella are: diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and vomiting. In most cases, any special treatment is not required and a sick person can recover after a few days. However, sometimes a patient can develop a severe form of this illness, leading to dehydration. Such individual requires hospitalization. In case the illness has taken a severe form or it lasts longer than three days, it is highly recommended to contact a doctor as soon as possible.
If you had a contact with food from Hogfest
The Saskatchewan Health Authority strongly advises everyone who has leftovers from Hogfest to throw away the food. All those who ate any meal from Hogfest can reach the public health disease control office at 306-655-4612.
Currently, the health authority is investigating this salmonella outbreak, so hopefully, we will soon have more details on what exactly causes the infections in a village located some 145 kilometers from Saskatoon.
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