Research Article

Epidemic of gastroenteritis caused by oysters contaminated with small round structured viruses.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 19 November 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:1532
  1. O N Gill,
  2. W D Cubitt,
  3. D A McSwiggan,
  4. B M Watney,
  5. C L Bartlett


    A large outbreak of viral gastroenteritis occurred in which oysters eaten raw were the vehicle of infection. Laboratory findings indicated that a small round structured virus was the infecting agent. Adults of all ages were equally susceptible to infection with the virus. Investigation cast doubt on the efficacy of depuration as a method for rendering oysters free of virus, and hence the public should be warned of the hazard of eating raw shellfish.