Rash of shellfish-related illnesses prompts health warning
A scallop is seen in this undated file image. (CTV)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 31, 2015 12:52PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, July 31, 2015 12:53PM PDT
Long, warm summer nights mean beach picnics and seafood dinners -- but the BC Centre for Disease Control warns that heat and undercooked shellfish are a dangerous combination.
The centre is reporting an unprecedented number of shellfish-related illnesses so far this summer.
Thirty-five cases of the intestinal ailment Vibrio parahaemolyticus have been recorded in June and July with most sufferers enduring three to seven days of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache and bloody stools.
B.C.'s hot summer is blamed because warm water increases the concentration of naturally-occurring bacteria within shellfish and unless oysters, clams, mussels, scallops and cockles are fully cooked, the bacteria is easily passed to humans -- with unpleasant results.