Norovirus survey

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Sampling of Australian shellfish for human norovirus (NoV) and hepatitis A virus (HAV) has started under a FRDC funded project. International regulatory pressure has meant that many shellfish producing countries now test for norovirus in their SQAP programs to reduce illnesses related to norovirus.

The project aims:

  • To design a statistically robust survey to evaluate virus occurrence in oyster growing areas in NSW, QLD, SA and TAS – COMPLETE
  • To identify the prevalence of human norovirus (NoV) and hepatitis A virus (HAV) associated with Australian oysters at harvest
  • To use the survey results to support trade and market access of Australian oysters
  • A steering committee made of state industry, food safety programs and national representatives will help design the sampling program and answer questions – COMPLETE

A distribution of samples is shown in the Australian map of growing areas below.


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