Island Health and the First Nations Health Authority have confirmed that the herring eggs and water samples collected from the French Creek and Qualicum Bay areas have tested positive for Vibrio cholerae bacteria.
In March, there was a small outbreak of cholera in the area with four cases of Vibrio cholere infection associated with eating herring eggs. The public was warned not to consume herring eggs that were harvested from French Creek to Qualicum Bay.
Since that time, there have been no further confirmed cases of Vibrio cholerae infection and no changes to the current fishery harvest area closures. Fisheries and Oceans Canada had closed Pacific Fishery Management Areas 14-1, 14-4, and 14-5 to fishing for herring eggs by handpicking at the end of March after the outbreak.