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Cook Your Shellfish To Avoid Illness

The BC Centre for Disease Controlis is reminding Canadians that eating raw or undercooked shellfish could lead to illness.

Shellfish may have bacteria , viruses, and toxins or other impurities present in the water, the agency said on Jul 26th ,Thursday in a release. Thorough cooking destroys bacteria and viruses but does not destroy toxins.

Five cases of locally acquired Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection have been reported so far this year while 42 cases were reported in 2011. These illnesses have been linked to raw shellfish served in restaurants, bought in stores, or self-harvested throughout British Columbia, including in the communities of Gibsons, Sechelt, Powell River, Ladysmith, Qualicum, Ucluelet, Gabriola Island, Cortes Island and Parksville.

B.C. has also experienced outbreaks associated with shellfish. In 2010, an outbreak of norovirus from raw oysters affected more than 30 people, and in 2011 more than 60 people became ill after consuming cooked mussels contaminated with diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.

So, be careful and eat carefully.  Cook your shellfish and enjoy the food without the risk of getting ill.


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