Outbreaks of norovirus concern French health authorities

By Yasmim A. M. Reis and Daniel Vidal Pérez |

In February 2021, 46 reports of the norovirus outbreak in France were identified. The cause is mainly related to the ingestion of crustaceans, mollusks and related products in the family diet. The disease can be transmitted through contaminated food or water, or from individual to individual. According to the figures, 164 patients were registered with the disease and two patients, from different regions of the country, were hospitalized. The fact may be linked to the period of heavy rains at the beginning of the month, which made it possible to contaminate the environment, production areas and, consequently, mollusks.

Impacts on Defense and Security: Due to the incidents, distribution, marketing, transport, storage and purification, aside from other supply chain stages, were affected due to contamination, with the fishing temporary suspense in four areas. Food free from contamination is one of the dimensions of food security and failure to comply with it may jeopardize the health of the population.

Source: WHITWORTH, J. France investigates norovirus outbreaks linked to oysters. Food Safety News, 10 MAR 2021. Available at: https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2021/03/france-investigates-norovirus-outbreaks-linked-to-oysters/


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