The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is reporting on an ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to snakes and feeder rodents in Canada that has been happening since February 2022.  

There have been 70 confirmed cases in nine provinces as of March 19, 2024, with ten people ending up in hospital, and one person dying. Seven cases have been reported in Saskatchewan so far. 

Direct or indirect contact with snakes or feeder rodents prior to getting ill was reported by a number of people.  

Symptoms of Salmonella arise 6 to 72 hours after exposure and can include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever or chills.  

PHAC says people can prevent the spread of Salmonella by ensuring they wash their hands with soap and water immediately after they touch reptiles or rodents, their food, or their living spaces. You can find a full list of safety recommendations here.