‘Pulling Mussels from a Shell’ Leads to Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning

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Abstract

“Of all the creatures living in the water, you may eat any that has fins and scales. But anything that does not have fins and scales you may not eat; for you it is unclean.”

Deuteronomy 14:9. New International Version

SYNOPSIS: Home-caught and cooked mussles in Canada and those served at restaurants in Washington state had elevated toxin levels that resulted in diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.

SOURCES: Lloyd JK, et al. Diarrhetic shellfish poisoning, Washington, USA, 2011. Emerg Infect Dis 2013;19:1314-6.

Taylor M, et al. Outbreak of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning associated with mussels, British Columbia, Canada. Mar Drugs 2013; 11;1669-76. (Abstract): http://ow.ly/nV7od

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