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Norovirus likely from sewage discharge during herring run

Public health officials on Vancouver Island, off Canada’s Pacific Coast, suspect that the likely source of a norovirus outbreak associated with the March herring run was from untreated sewage associated with marine operations. Untreated sewage also was blamed for shellfish farm closures in Baynes Sound this year. But the Public Health Agency of Canada, working… Continue Reading

California reports 100 ill in outbreak traced to raw oysters

A norovirus outbreak traced to raw oysters from British Columbia has crossed the Canadian border, and U.S. officials say an unusual strain of the virus is involved. About 100 people in California have reported becoming sick with symptoms of norovirus after eating raw oysters from British Columbia, according to the California Department of Public Health…. Continue Reading

U.S. joins Canada in investigation of outbreak linked to oysters

A Canadian outbreak of norovirus traced to raw oysters is now on the U.S. radar as federal and state officials report they are investigating a multistate outbreak in this country. More than 170 people across three Canadian provinces, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, had been infected by the highly contagious virus as of the most… Continue Reading

Canadian officials still searching for source of E. coli outbreak

An E. coli outbreak in Canada that was initially linked to a restaurant in Edmonton, Alberta, has grown to include people who do not have any connections to Mama Nita’s Binalot, and one of them has died. Described as “extremely complex” by Dr. Chris Sikora, medical officer of health for the Edmonton Zone, the ongoing… Continue Reading

Case count in Canadian oyster norovirus outbreak doubles

The case count in a norovirus outbreak traced to oyster farms in British Columbia, Canada, has more than doubled in a week. Public health officials initially reported the outbreak April 9 when there were about 40 known cases. This week the Public Health Agency of Canada reported the case count at 126. The cases of… Continue Reading

U.S. officials say E. coli outbreak linked to leafy greens is over

FDA, CDC, still won't say romaine lettuce was the cause; investigations ongoing here and in Canada

They still haven’t found the specific source of the contamination, but U.S. officials say a deadly E. coli outbreak traced to “leafy greens” is over. The outbreak hit Canada as well, but public health officials there declared the outbreak over on Jan. 10. They alerted the public about the outbreak on Dec. 11, reporting romaine… Continue Reading

Canada declares outbreak over; CDC, FDA still investigating

U.S. officials say leafy greens most likely cause; victim interviews ongoing to find specific source

Canadian officials said today an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over, but U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens. Both countries’ public health officials posted updates on the outbreak today stressing that there is little remaining danger to the public… Continue Reading

Tick tock goes the outbreak clock — nine weeks and counting

Officials face increasing pressure to release details about deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine

Consumers, lettuce growers, retailers and restaurants in the United States are still stuck between the romaine and the risk as federal agencies continue to withhold information about a deadly E. coli outbreak. That may change today as some people in the food chain have an inkling the Food and Drug Administration and/or the Centers for… Continue Reading