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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

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

Norovirus outbreak closes two British Columbia oyster farms

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control is warning consumers to take steps to protect their health after two B.C. Vancouver Island oyster farms have been closed following an outbreak of norovirus associated with eating the raw shellfish. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says about 40 cases of acute gastrointestinal illness have been connected… Continue Reading

Briefly: Prison brew — Disease detecting — Deadly delicacy

Every hour of every day people around the world are living with and working to resolve food safety issues. Here is a sampling of current headlines for your consumption, brought to you today with the support of Alchemy Systems. Poison prison brew has high price A botulism outbreak in a Utah prison cost local taxpayers at least $500,000 after… Continue Reading

Raw oyster consumption continues, as do vibriosis outbreaks

Since the beginning of June, Public Health Officials have investigated multiple reports of people developing vibriosis symptoms after consuming raw oysters at several restaurants and markets in Seattle-King County area. There are now 25 confirmed and probable victims who all experienced the watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping and vomiting of vibriosis, as reported by Public Health of Seattle-King County. “Environmental health inspectors conducted on site investigations to ensure… Continue Reading

Second restaurant linked to illnesses involving raw oysters

For the second time this week Seattle health officials reported that people who recently ate raw oysters there became sick. Six people in two dinner parties who ate raw oysters at the White Swan Public House restaurant on June 30 and July 3 became sick with gastric symptoms consistent with vibriosis, according to a Thursday… Continue Reading

Warm weather warnings for shellfish lovers nationwide

From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Keys, public health officials warn of increasing dangers from foodborne bacteria in raw and undercooked oysters and other shellfish as summer approaches. “Naturally occurring bacteria in warm coastal seawater becomes more abundant in the summer months and can concentrate in the tissues of oysters and other shellfish,” according… Continue Reading