Sick isn’t sexy
In a release titled “Albertans urged to properly cook oysters to reduce ongoing risk of gastrointestinal illness,” the provincial government wants you to think about your shellfish.
Citing illnesses linked to the consumption of raw oysters from British Columbia that started popping up in Alberta on Jan. 20, there have been 40 Albertans afflicted with gastrointestinal symptoms as of Mar. 7—with some cases being lab-confirmed as norovirus.
AHS is suggests Albertans take the following precautions:
Eat BC oysters fully cooked (not raw or under cooked) as cooking will decrease the risk of illness.
Cook oysters to an internal temperature of 90 °C for 90 seconds.
Discard any shellfish that did not open when cooked.
Eat shellfish right away after cooking and promptly refrigerate leftovers.
Keep raw and cooked shellfish separate. Keep purchased shellfish cold. Refrigerate immediately after purchase and keep at temperatures below 4 °C.
Wear protective clothing (such as gloves) and wash your hands both before handling any food and frequently while handling raw shellfish.
Sanitize cutting boards, counters, knives and other utensils after preparing raw foods.
Symptoms of eating improperly cooked shellfish include: watery diarrhea and abdominal cramp, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache and bloody stools.
AHS is suggesting that any individuals who develop these symptoms within 10 to 50 hours of eating oysters or shellfish contact Health Link at 811 to report the illness.
“As with most gastrointestinal illnesses, symptoms typically last for one day to a week and usually do not require any treatment; however, any Albertan whose symptoms persist or become more severe should visit a doctor,” the release states.
Nothing was said in the release about whether cooking the oysters affects their use as an aphrodisiac.
Hosted by MacEwan University faculty member Dr. Junaid Jahangir, Ending the cycle of hate: My faith amidst Islamophobia and puritanism calls attention to a rising amount of hate aimed as Muslim people.
Dr. Jahangir sees this as necessary due to several Islamophobic incidents in Edmonton and around the country—such as the threats made to Muslim women at an LRT station, the hateful graffiti at a Cold Lake mosque, and the recent terrorizing murder of six Muslims at a mosque in Quebec.
“Popular speakers are selling dangerous ideas of the supremacy of medieval legal laws, caliphates and morality that rests on perpetuating otherization, sexism and homophobia,” Dr. Jahangir says in a release. “Both Islamophobia and puritanism feed each other resulting in a vicious cycle of hate.”
Dr. Jahangir is the co-author of the book Islamic Law and Muslim Same-Sex Unions and points to the need to break the cycle of hate that is growing in the social fabric of Canada. “I’ll be focusing on the rise of exclusivist movements; delve into the root causes of radicalization; broach controversial issues, such as same-sex unions; and end by highlighting the core essence of Islam,” Jahangir continues in the release. “This is my faith and I want to share the best of it. I want people to see what I grew up with, and what is being practiced today.”
The talk will be held on Fri., Mar. 17 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Robins Health Learning Centre (Room 9 – 216). This event is free, open to the public and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Feds fund $6 million to Alberta’s opioid strategy
“With the growing toll the opioid crisis is taking on Alberta communities, our government is focused on taking every action we can to save lives. This support from the federal government is crucial in supporting our work to expand treatment to more Albertans affected by substance use,” says Alberta Minister of Health, Sarah Hoffman, in a release.
While the direction of funds is still being determined, it will help support strategies identified by Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services and community partners.
“Priority areas include the take home naloxone program, additional treatment beds, supervised consumption services and methadone and suboxone treatment programs,” the release states.
Last year 343 people died of apparent drug overdoses related to fentanyl in Alberta. That is up from 257 in 2015. The release states the in the last three months of 2016, there were 111 fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the province, compared to 81 in the previous quarter and 52 in the fourth quarter of 2015.