Health officials in Ontario are investigating an outbreak of a rare type of salmonella.

Authorities say there have been seven recent cases of salmonella cubana in Ontario — with the last person becoming ill on July 12.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a health hazard alert for certain Sprouts Alive and Sunsprout brand onion sprouts and mixed onion and alfalfa sprouts, due to possible contamination with salmonella.


The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care says in a release that a few of the people who became ill have reported eating sprouts.

The ministry says individuals at high risk for serious health effects from foodborne illnesses — particularly young children, seniors and people with weakened immune systems — should avoid eating raw sprouts.

Anyone who has experienced symptoms — such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps or fever — should consult their health care provider.

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