At least six people fell ill with diarrhetic shellfish poisoning after eating mussels harvested in the United Kingdom earlier this year.

The mussels contained high levels of heat-stable okadaic acid (OA)-group toxins. Without a validated test for such toxins in human samples, the diagnosis was made based on clinical symptoms, according to a study published in the journal Eurosurveillance.

Researchers said given diarrhetic shellfish poisoning is a self-limiting illness that might be under-reported and has low awareness among clinicians, the actual number affected in the outbreak was likely to be higher.

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