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Sep 27, 2011 18:21
Category: General News

Washington Oysters

     OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington health officials say five
people in the state got sick from eating raw oysters that were
harvested from an area of Puget Sound's Hood Canal and distributed
to 23 states.
     The Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned the oysters
could be contaminated with a bacteria that causes an illness called
vibriosis. The FDA says it has no reports of
hospitalization or death.
     Washington health spokesman Donn Moyer on Tuesday said
Washington has not received reports of illnesses in other states.
He says three illnesses are confirmed, and tests are pending on two
cases.
     He says multiple companies have recalled oysters harvested
between Aug. 30 and Sept. 19. The growing area is in Mason,
Jefferson and Kitsap counties.
     The state says it typically sees about 50 cases of vibriosis a
year.