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Rise in salmonella cases has Health Canada concerned about Thanksgiving dinner

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Health Canada is sounding the alarm about a rise in salmonella cases.

As of September 1, there have been 39 confirmed cases of salmonella this year, compared to 19 by September 2 of 2018.

Health Canada says there are more than 100 cases under investigation as of October 1.

April Hexemer, Manager of Outbreak Response at Public Health says most of the cases have been linked to raw or improperly cooked chicken or turkey.

“We have been investigating an outbreak,” she said. “The reason we’re letting people know about that is we want them to be aware that there is a risk in handling raw turkey and raw chicken and we would like to encourage them to do that carefully and to cook it thoroughly.”

Hexemer says there are some easy ways you and your family can stay safe in the kitchen and at the dinner table.

First and foremost, she recommends washing your hands before and after touching any raw meat, especially poultry.

“This includes washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand rub if the soap and water are not available,” she said.