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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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Received: 12 March 2013; in revised form: 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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Taylor M, McIntyre L, Ritson M, Stone J, Bronson R, Bitzikos O, Rourke W, Galanis E, Team OI. Outbreak of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning Associated with Mussels, British Columbia, Canada. Marine Drugs. 2013; 11(5):1669-1676.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Taylor, Marsha; McIntyre, Lorraine; Ritson, Mark; Stone, Jason; Bronson, Roni; Bitzikos, Olga; Rourke, Wade; Galanis, Eleni; Team, Outbreak I. 2013. "Outbreak of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning Associated with Mussels, British Columbia, Canada." Mar. Drugs 11, no. 5: 1669-1676.


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