Alert! B.C. Oyster Norovirus Outbreak

I love eating raw oysters, but not when it contains a virus of any sort or Red Tide. This happens from time to time and it really sucks when it happens during the oyster seasons.

So what’s the alert?

B.C. Oyster Farms are being investigated by the federal government after 221+ reports of illness have been filed in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario after people eating raw oysters. The Norovirus Virus was found in the contaminated oysters in these cases.
Several B.C. Oyster Farms were shut down by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency(CFIA) after testing positive for the Norovirus. Until the source and cause of the spread are determined, these farms will be temporarily closed.

What is Norovirus?

Norovirus, sometimes known as winter vomiting bug in North America, is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans. It affects people of all ages. Usually transmitted by fecally contaminated food or water, by person-to-person contact, and via aerosolization of vomited virus and subsequent contamination of surfaces.

Source: Wikipedia


What are the symptoms of the Norovirus?
The main symptoms of norovirus illness are:

1. Diarrhea
2. Vomiting (children usually experience more vomiting than adults)
3. Nausea
4. Stomach cramps

Other symptoms may include:

1. Low-grade fever
2. Headache
3. Chills
4. Muscle aches
5. Fatigue (a general sense of tiredness)


Final Thoughts

We just had the 15th annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival last week. I hope none of you had raw oysters during the food festival. These outbreaks happen and unfortunately, nobody will know until several people fall ill from it.
Everyone is usually online either on their laptops, tablets or smartphones. It only takes two seconds to check out the Public Health Agency of Canada website found here: “Public Health Notices”, you will find any information on public alerts regarding health and food outbreaks. Please don’t contaminate the B.C. Spot Prawns season in May. If I could eat seafood every day, I will be in food heaven.
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