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31 Vibrio Cases Prompt BC Health Officials to Require Cooking of BC Oysters

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Health officials in Vancouver, British Columbia, are requiring area restaurants to cook oysters harvested in that province before serving them. Only oysters harvested outside of British Columbia may be served raw at this time, according to a statement issued Aug. 12 by Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). Public health ordered this step in response to an ongoing… Continue Reading

Seafood Safety 101: Vibrio in Shellfish

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(This article by Liz Bradshaw, a postdoctoral research scholar in NoroCORE, the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research, and Education based at NC State, is the fifth in a series leading up to April 7, when the World Health Organization celebrated World Health Day, focusing this year on food safety. The first article in the series can be found here, the second… Continue Reading

Washington Floats Proactive Plan to Make Raw Oysters Safer

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Why wait for people to get sick from a foodborne illness when you can prevent it from happening in the first place? Sounds logical enough. At least that’s the thinking behind a plan focusing on the pathogen Vibrio parahaemolyticus, which can infect oysters in some growing areas during the summer. If adopted, the proposal will govern when… Continue Reading

Vibrio Illnesses Prompt Closure of Samish Bay’s Oyster Harvest Until Sept. 30

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Confirmation that shellfish from Samish Bay in northwest Washington state was the source of at least one illness, and possibly three others, caused by the bacterium Vibrio parahaemolyticus, has prompted the state’s health department to close commercial oyster harvesting in the bay until Sept. 30. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Vibrio parahaemolyticus is… Continue Reading

Protect Yourself From Shellfish-Related Illnesses This Summer

Food-safety tips for West Coast shellfish gatherers

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Warm weather and low tides are good for harvesting shellfish, but nice weather is also ideal for naturally occurring bacteria to multiply, raising the risk of illness, warns the Washington State Department of Health. For that reason, food-safety officials in Washington state, California and Oregon advise shellfish gatherers and consumers to follow summertime health advice… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Four Years Into The BP Oil Spill

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An offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana exploded four years ago this month, killing 11 on the crew and spilling five million barrels of hydrocarbons into waters known for their seafood production. That explosion on the British Petroleum (BP) off-shore oil well known as the Deepwater Horizon is… Continue Reading

Oregon Campylobacter Cluster Prompts Raw Oyster Recall

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The Oregon Health Authority has announced the investigation of a cluster of three Campylobacter cases among Oregon residents who consumed raw oysters. The oysters came from two different markets in Lane and Coos counties and were harvested from Coos Bay Oyster Company of Charleston, OR. Campylobacter is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes… Continue Reading

Texas Oysters Linked to Norovirus Illnesses in Louisiana

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat raw or partially cooked oysters harvested from Copano Bay in Aransas County, TX, harvested between Dec. 26, 2013, and Jan. 9, 2014. Oysters harvested from Copano Bay on Dec. 26, 2013, and then shipped by Alby’s Seafood of Fulton, TX, have been linked… Continue Reading

Nine Floridians Killed, 18 Sickened by Vibrio This Year; Some Cases Linked to Oysters

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At least 27 Floridians have been sickened this year – and nine have died– from infections of Vibrio vulnificus, a deadly bacterium that lives in warm seawater and is commonly associated with eating raw oysters and other shellfish. The figure came from a news release published last week by the Florida Department of Health. Of… Continue Reading

Emerging Pathogens: Vibrio Cases in Oysters Expected to Continue Increasing

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With a nearly 50-percent mortality rate, Vibrio vulnificus is the most deadly foodborne pathogen in the world, according to University of North Carolina at Charlotte Biology Professor Jim Oliver. And instances of infection in the U.S., however rare, are rapidly rising. Fifteen years ago, there were 21 confirmed cases of Vibrio vulnificus and parahaemolyticus infections… Continue Reading