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Happy as a clam? Maybe not.

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The expression “Happy as a Clam” comes with new meaning as hepatitis A virus has been detected in clams, mussels, and oysters in markets for human consumption. As bivalve shellfish are excellent bio-accumulators of contaminants and chemicals, it is no surprise that they also harbor waterborne viruses such as hepatitis A in areas with poor sanitation. Since hepatitis A virus is spread via the fecal-oral route, food-borne outbreaks due to ingestion of shellfish harvested from polluted waters have not been uncommon.
 
 

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