Shellfish harvesting area near Campbell River closed after norovirus detected
More trouble for the Island's shellfish fisheries.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has shut down a shellfish harvesting spot off the east coast of Vancouver Island over sanitary contamination concerns. The specific area is part of Henry Bay, a subarea of Baynes Sound is currently closed following concerns of norovirus.
A shellfish harvesting area east of Campbell River was closed in December after oysters from the region tested positive for norovirus.
Part of Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of the Island was also shut down late last year after raw oysters caused more than 100 people in Tofino to fall ill.
According to the BC Centre for Disease Control, norovirus and other bugs can be killed by cooking oysters to an internal temperature of 90 C for 90 seconds.