East coast Salmonella outbreak reported

Investigations are continuing into a recent Salmonella outbreak in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia. Initial enquiries undertaken by health agencies in the Atlantic provinces suggested that eggs may be the source of the infections, but updates will be issued in the event of any new findings. Recent details of case numbers point to 57 confirmed infections with 19 people requiring hospitalisation. Read more  

Advice for travellers

Salmonella is a bacterium typically found in food, such as poultry, that causes diarrhoea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment, although diarrhoea may be so severe as to require hospital treatment. Young children and the elderly are at highest risk of severe illness. As there is no vaccine to prevent salmonellosis, it is best to avoid raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat. Read more

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.