Investigation continues into BC oyster outbreak

Despite the more than 300 illnesses being looked into, oyster sales are up in western Canada.

Several British Columbia shellfish farms closed last month because of ongoing norovirus and gastrointestinal illnesses linked to raw and undercooked oyster consumption in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said there were recently an "additional 40 cases that have been reported in the outbreak."

"As of March 27, a total of 321 clinical cases of gastrointestinal illness linked to oysters have been reported in three provinces: British Columbia (223), Alberta (42), and Ontario (56). No deaths have been reported. Individuals became sick between December 2016 and March 2017."

Meanwhile, the PEI Aquaculture Alliance hopes to reassure consumers that shellfish on the east coast is safe to eat, according to CBC News.

"The more that people may be seeing this may become more afraid to eat our seafood and that's not what we want," said executive director Matt Sullivan, according to the news site, but adding that oyster sales in the west are actually up.

"One of our biggest concerns is just around communication and how the public can trust that we have a lot of measures and steps in place to make sure that whenever they eat an oyster it's going to be safe."

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