Bad news for all lovers of oysters: they serve norovirus reservoir, one of the principals of gastroenteritis, according to a Chinese study.
The link between consumption of oysters and gastroenteritis is confirmed. We already knew that these molluscs can transmit Noroviruses, involved in outbreaks of diarrhea. But a study by Chinese researchers goes further: it suggests that, not happy to be the vector of the norovirus, oysters would also tank
According to this study, whose results were published in the journal American Society of Microbiology, two highlights have been highlighted:.
the vast majority of norovirus is native to coastal regions; more than 80% of Noroviruses that infect men occur in oysters. A result that surprises not researchers: they remind us that most oyster farms are located near the coast, where pollution from human waste and wastewater which convey the virus is very important
Do not consume oysters cruesDe more, norovirus is resistant: a previous study had shown that he could survive several weeks into the flesh of the oyster
To limit risk, researchers call for setting up a global network of surveillance of norovirus in samples of oysters
In the meantime, it is strongly recommended not to consume raw oysters