Raw oysters from Canada's eastern coastal waters blamed for Vibrio outbreak | Food Safety News

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Exposure to shellfish is the likely cause of an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus occurring in four Canadian provinces. According to the Public Health
Exposure to shellfish is the likely cause of an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus occurring in four Canadian provinces.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), 21 confirmed cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness were reported through mid-October in the following provinces: Saskatchewan (1), Quebec (7), New Brunswick (10), and Prince Edward Island (3).

Symptoms of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection may include:

Watery diarrhea Abdominal cramps Nausea Vomiting Fever Headache Bloody diarrhea

The Vibrio infections occurred between early July and mid-September 2020. No deaths occurred, but one individual required hospitalization.

Individuals who became sick reported eating shellfish, mainly raw oysters, harvested from eastern coastal waters before their illnesses occurred.

Consumers can reduce, but not totally eliminate, the risk of getting Vibrio with the…
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