The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just issued a warning not to eat
raw oysters from Washington State. Apparently a number of oysters from
Hood Canal’s “growing area 4″ have been associated with
Vibrio parahaemolyticus, to be exact, that causes illness. The oysters were distributed across
The “outbreak” in question affected, so far, three confirmed
cases and two possible cases. The tainted oysters were delivered between
August 30 and September 19. The illness associated with the bacteria often
includes diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. The victim can get sick within
a few hours after eating the oysters or up to five days later.
In the meantime, Hood Canal’s area 4 has been shut down by the Washington
State Department of Health, and anything harvested there during the period
in question has been recalled.
Eating raw oysters (or any raw shellfish) is never a good idea for anyone
with compromised health, so be careful out there!
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