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Volume 19, Number 6—June 2013

Foodborne Botulism in Canada, 1985–2005

Daniel Leclair, Joe Fung, Judith L. Isaac-Renton, Jean-Francois Proulx, Jennifer May-Hadford, Andrea Ellis, Edie Ashton, Sadjia Bekal, Jeffrey M. Farber, Burke Blanchfield, and John W. AustinComments to Author 
Author affiliations: Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (D. Leclair, J.W. Austin, J.M. Farber, B. Blanchfield); British Columbia Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (J.L. Isaac-Renton, J. Fung); Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada (J.-F. Proulx); Public Health Agency of Canada, Guelph, Ontario (J. May-Hadford); Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada (S. Bekal); ProvLab, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (E. Ashton); Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa (A. Ellis)

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Table 3

Foodborne botulism outbreaks, cases, and deaths, by province/territory, Canada, 1985–2005

Province/territory No. (%) outbreaks No. (%) cases No. (%) deaths
Newfoundland and Labrador 2 (2.2) 3 (1.5) 1 (9.1)
Quebec* 51 (56.0) 89 (43.4) 2 (18.2)
Ontario 3 (3.3) 5 (2.4) 1 (9.1)
British Columbia 14 (15.4) 71 (34.6) 3 (27.3)
Yukon 1 (1.1) 3 (1.5) 1 (9.1)
Northwest Territories 12 (13.2) 16 (7.8) 2 (18.2)
8 (8.8)
18 (8.8)
1 (9.1)
Canada† 91 205 11

*Forty-five outbreaks occurred in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec
†No laboratory-confirmed cases of foodborne botulism were reported from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island.

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