The CDC and public health and regulatory officials in California, Nevada, Alaska, Illinois and New Hampshire are investigating a multistate outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Shigella flexneri, STEC non-O157, Vibrio albensis, Campylobacter lari, and norovirus genogroup 1 illnesses linked to raw oysters harvested from Estero El Cardon estuary in Baja California Sur, Mexico. On May 6,
The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced today that beaches from the south jetty of the Columbia River to Neptune State Park, south of Yachats, have been closed to recreational mussel harvesting due to the presence of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins in those areas. According to the ODA news release concerning the unsafe mussels:…
The Bellingham Herald reports that high levels of bacteria in raw oysters from south Puget Sound and Hood Canal have been making people ill across Washington and in other states.
About 50 people in Washington and dozens elsewhere have become sick, said Donn Moyer, media relations manager for the state Department of Health. At least two people have become sick enough to be hospitalized.
The bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, are present in Northwest marine waters all year, but levels are higher during warmer weather. Eating raw shellfish that contain high levels of the bacteria can cause explosive diarrhea and stomach cramps in humans.Continue Reading Health officials: Shellfish bacteria making people ill in Washington
Carl Campanile of the New York Post reports that city health officials are investigating an outbreak of food poisoning caused by contaminated shellfish.
Three people were stricken with Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacterial infection after eating shellfish in Manhattan.
Illnesses include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, fever and chills.
“Two of the case patients were associated with food-borne outbreaks at two separate events in Manhattan. They reported consuming multiple types of shellfish,” Vasudha Reddy of the Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Diseases said in a letter to doctors.Continue Reading Shellfish-sickness outbreak