Salmonellosis is a diseasecaused by bacteria belonging to the family Salmonella. Symptoms of salmonellosis include headache, abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. It is spread by consuming contaminated food or water, or though contact with an infected animal or person. For more information, see the health unit’s fact sheet on salmonella.
The following graph shows the number of salmonellosis cases in Simcoe Muskoka between 2000 and 2015. There have been between 41 and 125 cases of salmonellosis reported every year in Simcoe Muskoka since 2000. In 2015, 102 cases of salmonellosis were reported in Simcoe Muskoka.
The following graph shows the incidence rate of salmonellosis in Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario between 2000 and 2015. The incidence rate in Simcoe Muskoka has increased in this time period and is now comparable to the Ontario rate. In 2015, the incidence rate in Simcoe Muskoka was 18.6 cases per 100,000 population and the Ontario rate was 21.2 cases per 100,000 population. There was a province wide outbreak of salmonellosis in 2005 caused by consumption of contaminated bean sprouts.
More detailed data for Ontario and each health unit can be found on Public Health Ontario’s interactive Snapshots tool, by clicking on “Select Indicator”.
There are many factors that influence how many cases are reported to the health unit, as explained on the Infectious Diseases page.
Provincial definitions classify cases as confirmed, probable or suspect based on clinical and/or laboratory diagnostic criteria. The provincial case definition for salmonellosis changed in April 2009 to include a definition for probable cases whereas before there was no such classification. The definitions of confirmed and probable cases from 2009 onwards are comparable to confirmed cases before 2009.