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Update: Outbreak of norovirus associated with raw BC oysters

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*The outbreak in BC was declared over on May 11, 2018. The investigation into the source of contamination in South and Central Baynes Sound is ongoing. See the PHAC Public Health Notice for more.


Vancouver - The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is updating the public on the status of the outbreak of norovirus associated with raw BC oysters.

The number of new norovirus illnesses reported in association with this outbreak has decreased in the last week. As of April 26, the outbreak includes 132 illnesses in BC. 

Based on work conducted by the BCCDC, local and federal agencies and the shellfish industry, four shellfish farms linked to illnesses have been closed. The investigation has identified that most people were infected after consuming oysters harvested in south and central Baynes Sound, BC. 

The investigation into sources of contamination impacting the shellfish farms in south and central Baynes Sound is ongoing.

See the BCCDC’s updated notice to restaurants and retail establishments

For the latest on the investigation, see the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Public Health Notices: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/public-health-notices.html 

See the BCCDC’s April 9, 2018 news release: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/news-releases/2017/outbreak-of-norovirus-associated-with-raw-bc-oysters 

Media contact: 778.867.7472


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