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Multiple Clusters of Norovirus among Shellfish Consumers Linked to Symptomatic Oyster Harvesters

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Abstract:

We describe the investigation of a norovirus outbreak associated with raw oyster consumption affecting 36 people in British Columbia, Canada, in 2010. Several genotypes were found in oysters, including an exact sequence match to clinical samples in regions B and C of the norovirus genome (genogroup I genotype 4). Traceback implicated a single remotely located harvest site probably contaminated by ill shellfish workers during harvesting activities. This outbreak resulted in three recalls, one public advisory, and closure of the harvest site.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-12-113

Affiliations: 1: British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. lorraine.mcintyre@bccdc.ca 2: British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 3: Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 4: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 5: British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 6: British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 7: Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 8: Fraser Health Authority, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 9: Vancouver Island Health Authority, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 10: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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