Public health officials are investigating the cause of salmonella outbreaks in western Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it is investigating an outbreak of salmonella in western Canada after at least 46 people became ill from the bacterium.

The agency says it is still trying to determine the cause of the outbreak in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and a case in Ontario associated with travel from Alberta.

Three people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

The agency says in a statement that people who became ill reported that they ate fresh ingredients before their illness.

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Everyone can get salmonella, but young children, the elderly, pregnant women or people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk.

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The agency says it works with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada.

Since Wednesday, 18 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported in British Columbia and a further 18 in Alberta. There were also three cases in Saskatchewan and six in Manitoba.

The agency said Friday that people became ill between late September and mid-October and are between nine and 89 years old.

There are no food recall warnings associated with the outbreak.

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