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Cholera outbreak on Island

Cholera has been detected in herring eggs and water samples on Vancouver Island.

Island Health and the First Nations Health Authority confirmed the outbreak after samples were collected from the French Creek and Qualicum Bay area.

Four people had contracted the illness after eating herring roe, prompting the tests, but no further confirmed cases have surfaced since late March.

An investigation has been launched by Island Health, which recommends any harvested roe be discarded in a secure garbage can and not fed to pets or animals.

Cholera is rarely seen in developed countries. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and watery diarrhea that can lead to severe dehydration.

– with files from CTV Vancouver Island

 



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