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Health Alerts for 2014

  • Outbreak of Salmonella infections related to sprouted chia seed powder  
    The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with Provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Health Canada to investigate Canadian cases of Salmonella infection linked to the consumption of sprouted chia seed powder. Sprouted chia seed powder is made from ground, dried chia seeds. As a part of this investigation, The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning for various products containing sprouted chia seeds. These products have been recalled and are being removed from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.
  • Measles travel advisory issued by Alberta Health  
    Alberta Health has declared a measles outbreak in three zones of  the province. They are recommending that infants aged 6-11 months should receive MMR vaccine prior to travel to these areas because of the high rate of measles.
  • Risk is Low Following Recent Measles Exposure  
    BC public health officials say the risk to the public is low from measles after an infant with the disease went through Vancouver airport (YVR) earlier this month.
Last Updated: July 14, 2009