Loading articles...

Two dead after salmonella outbreak at personal care home in Winnipeg

Last Updated Apr 5, 2019 at 9:04 am PDT

FILE: A doctor points out a growth of of salmonella in a petri dish at IEH Laboratories in Lake Forest Park, Wash., in this Monday, May 17, 2010 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Elaine Thompson

WINNIPEG — An official at a personal care home in Winnipeg says two people have died after testing positive for salmonella during an outbreak of the bacterial infection.

Joyce Kristjansson, executive director of Golden West Centennial Lodge, says the home was notified that three residents had tested positive for salmonella last month.

Families of residents were notified and staff at the home put in special measures while the outbreak was investigated.

The cause is still unknown but public health officials lifted the measures on Tuesday.

Two of the residents who tested positive died in hospital, but it’s not confirmed whether salmonella is the cause of death.

The third resident recovered.

Kristjansson says while salmonella outbreaks are somewhat less common, staff are trained to deal with outbreaks and responded properly.