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Mar Drugs. 2013 May 21;11(5):1669-76. doi: 10.3390/md11051669.

Outbreak of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning associated with mussels, British Columbia, Canada.

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British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, 655 W 12 Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 4R4, Canada. marsha.taylor@bccdc.ca

Abstract

In 2011, a Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) outbreak occurred in British Columbia (BC), Canada that was associated with cooked mussel consumption. This is the first reported DSP outbreak in BC. Investigation of ill individuals, traceback of product and laboratory testing for toxins were used in this investigation. Sixty-two illnesses were reported. Public health and food safety investigation identified a common food source and harvest area. Public health and regulatory agencies took actions to recall product and notify the public. Shellfish monitoring program changes were implemented after the outbreak. Improved response and understanding of toxin production will improve management of future DSP outbreaks.

PMID:
23697950
PMCID:
PMC3707167
DOI:
10.3390/md11051669
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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