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Mar. Drugs 2013, 11(5), 1669-1676; doi:10.3390/md11051669
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Outbreak of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning Associated with Mussels, British Columbia, Canada

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1 British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, 655 W 12 Ave, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 4R4, Canada 2 Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 4C2, Canada 3 Fraser Health Authority, Suite 400, Central City Tower, 13450-102nd Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, V3T 0H1, Canada 4 Health Canada, C417, Frederick G Banting Bldg, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K9, Canada 5 Dartmouth Laboratory, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 1992 Agency Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B3B 1Y9, Canada 6 School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, 2206 East Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3, Canada Outbreak Investigation Team (alphabetically): Hanna Bailey (Canadian Food Inspection Agency); Keir Cordner (Vancouver Island Health Authority); Mark Feeley (Health Canada); Joe Fung (BC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory); Murray Fyfe (Vancouver Island Health Authority); Kelly Hislop (Health Canada); Virginia Jorgenson (Vancouver Coastal Health Authority); Deidre Kelly (Canadian Food Inspection Agency); Perry Kendall (BC Ministry of Health); Dan Moreau (Vancouver Island Health Authority); Craig Nowakowski (Vancouver Island Health Authority); Luc Pelletier (Health Canada); Helena Swinkels (Fraser Health Authority); Julie Wong (BC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory)
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Received: 12 March 2013 / Revised: 5 April 2013 / Accepted: 19 April 2013 / Published: 21 May 2013
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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.
Keywords: diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP); outbreak; Canada; shellfish toxins; mussels; okadaic acid; public health diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP); outbreak; Canada; shellfish toxins; mussels; okadaic acid; public health
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Taylor, M.; McIntyre, L.; Ritson, M.; Stone, J.; Bronson, R.; Bitzikos, O.; Rourke, W.; Galanis, E.; Team, O.I. Outbreak of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning Associated with Mussels, British Columbia, Canada. Mar. Drugs 2013, 11, 1669-1676.

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