Island Health says it is investigating confirmed cases of Vibrio cholerae infection contracted by people who ate herring eggs on Vancouver Island.
The health authority is now warning the public not to consume herring eggs found on kelp, seaweed or other surfaces that have been harvested from the French Creek to Qualicum Bay area, as they could be tainted.
Island Health did not specify how many people fell ill from eating the herring eggs or how severe their symptoms were.
Vibrio cholerae is a bacterium found in water that can cause intestinal illness including the disease cholera.
It called the situation “unique” and said it will release more information as it becomes available.