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Shellfish: Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections

Éclosion d'infections à Vibrio parahaemolyticus associée à des mollusques et à des crustacés

Public Health Notice

October 14, 2020 – Original Notice

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is collaborating with provincial and territorial public health and food safety partners to investigate an outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections occurring in four provinces.

Based on the investigation findings to date, exposure to shellfish has been identified as a likely source of the outbreak. Many individuals who became sick reported eating shellfish, mainly raw oysters, harvested from eastern coastal waters, before their illnesses occurred. More information is needed to determine the supply source and distribution of these oysters. The outbreak investigation is ongoing as illnesses continue to be reported to PHAC.

As of October 14, 2020

There are 21 confirmed cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness in the following provinces:

  • Saskatchewan (1)
  • Quebec (7)
  • New Brunswick (10)
  • Prince Edward Island (3)

Individuals became sick between early July and mid-September 2020. One individual has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Individuals who became ill are between 11 and 92 years of age. The majority of illnesses (63%) are male.

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Last Update : 24 October 2020