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

Giants ground Rockets in WHL action

Vancouver builds early lead, never looks back in 6-1 win at Langley Events Centre

VIDEO: emergency landing near Langley airport

Plane lost power during take-off

Crash on 200 Street in Langley Township

Report of traffic congestion following late morning accident

Surrey’s Justin Sourdif to debut for Vancouver Giants tonight in Langley

Last month, he suited up for Team BC in the WHL Cup and was named tournament all-star.

Heavy downpours expected in parts of Metro Vancouver

Heavy rain will begin to ease off Sunday evening as the frontal system moves south out of the area

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Drones take off to search for missing North Okanagan women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

Crash shuts down Highway 91 in Richmond for hours

The stretch of highway was closed for more than 6 hours due to a multi-vehicle accident

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Most Read