Additional cases of norovirus from B.C. oysters

The Public Health Agency of Canada says the outbreak continues to spread in three provinces

Oysters from B.C. have been linked to 22 additional cases of highly contagious norovirus or other stomach ailments in three provinces.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says 289 cases of gastrointestinal illnesses were under investigation as of Monday.

A public health notice issued by the agency says that includes 201 cases in B.C., 48 in Ontario and 40 in Alberta.

The illnesses are linked to raw and undercooked B.C. oysters but the agency says the cause of the contamination remains unidentified.

It says four oyster and shellfish farms have been closed but an investigation is underway in other harvest areas because illnesses continue to be reported.

Officials say the risk is low and illnesses can be avoided if oysters are cooked to an internal temperature of 90 C for at least 90 seconds, and proper hand washing and food safety practices are followed.

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Large willow tree comes down in Beacon Hill Park

The tree has been in place for decades at Goodacre Lake

Attendance matters for Saanich Peninsula students

Achievement depends on attendance, hundreds of students heard

Saanich mayor begins living roof planting process

A garden will top Mayor Fred Haynes’ new home on Prospect Lake

Traffic slowed after reports of a pedestrian struck in Colwood

Incident occurred on Metchosin Road near Sooke Road intersection

Videos show allegedly intoxicated teens forcibly removed from Luxton Fairgrounds

Posts about altercations with security personnel in Langford swarming social media

WATCH: United Way #Drive4Five event launches campaign to raise $5 million

More than 80,000 lives changed last year by the United Way

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Nanaimo RCMP officer ‘walks on water’ to rescue lost camper

66-year-old assisted earlier this month by Mounties who can seemingly work miracles

Boy overdosed on illicit anti-anxiety drug found on Kelowna classroom floor, RCMP say

Noah Mills, 8, ingested a pink powdery substance off his Kelowna classroom floor

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Largest driving factor is the province’s complex stumpage system that results in high fees, expert says

20 day search for missing Labradoodle in Princeton, B.C. ends with tears of joy

The search brought out bloodhounds, and groups hoping to find Mordy

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

Most Read