B.C. health officials confirm norovirus gastro illness from raw oyster consumption
Vancouver Coastal Health is warning consumers of an increase in cases of norovirus associated with consumption of raw B.C. oysters.
Since Monday, more than 50 people have been affected with acute gastrointestinal illness after eating raw oysters. Norovirus has been confirmed in some cases and is suspected in others. The BC Centre for Disease Control has issued a notice of risk to restaurants and retailers in B.C.
To kill norovirus and other germs, it is recommended to cook oysters thoroughly, to an internal temperature of 90 C for 90 seconds before eating. Public health recommends against consuming raw oysters. Avoid cross-contamination of other foods during preparation and eat shellfish immediately after cooking.
Oyster-related illness should be reported to VCH for investigation by calling 604-675-3800 or by e-mail to [email protected].
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