The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has issued a warning about a spike in gastrointestinal illness associated with eating oysters.
Since early December, over 70 cases of oyster-related illness have been reported to B.C. health authorities.
Epidemiologist Doctor Eleni Galanis says testing in several cases has confirmed the presence of norovirus, and they suspect norovirus in the other cases.
“If they want to take that risk, then that’s fine. Norovirus is not a life threating illness, but it’s a very unpleasant experience.”
The BCCDC says the outbreak is ongoing so more cases are expected.
Galani says people who have been sickened reported eating raw or light-cooked oysters in restaurants or prepared at home.
“I recommend that you eat cooked oysters that have been cooked thoroughly to 90 degrees for 90 seconds.”
She says the CDC is investigating but have not linked the cases to a specific supplier.