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Massachusetts Officials Close Some Oyster Beds After Vibrio Outbreak

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) have announced a 14-day closure of oyster beds located in Duxbury Bay, Kingston Bay, Bluefish River, Back River, and Plymouth Harbor. This closure is due to two additional confirmed illnesses traced to oysters harvested from… Continue Reading

67 People Sick With Vibrio in Canada

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The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Health Canada to investigate 67 Canadian cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections in British Columbia and Alberta linked to raw shellfish. The majority of the illnesses have been linked to the eating of… Continue Reading

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

Doubling of King County Vibrio Cases Potent Reminder to Adequately Cook Shellfish

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King County, WA, residents are being warned not to consume raw or undercooked shellfish after more than twice the usual number have been sickened this summer by Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection. There were 14 confirmed or probable cases of Vibrio infection, known as Vibrosis, reported in July, compared to the average of four for that month… Continue Reading

Oysters Recalled for Potential Vibrio Contamination

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The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is recalling its Cape Neddick/Blue Point Oysters for potential Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination. The recalled oysters were sold at various New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut Wegmans stores. They were labeled with the following UPC codes: 2-06146-00000, 2-06152-00000, 2-06153-00000. The recalled oysters were sold in Wegmans seafood… Continue Reading

Oysters Can Harbor Dangerous Pathogens in Summer Months

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The warmer coastal water temperature produced by summer weather creates ideal conditions for bacteria that can contaminate oysters, the Washington State Department of Health reminded the public over the Fourth of July weekend. Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus, two types of bacteria that grow in warm waters and can cause human illness, are known to… Continue Reading

CDC Progress Report: Campylobacter and Vibrio Rates Rose in 2012

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Infection rates of the foodborne pathogens Campylobacter and Vibrio parahaemolyticus rose in 2012, while other major pathogens generally maintained rates similar to recent years, according to the nation’s annual “food safety progress report” published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday. Campylobacter infections, most commonly associated with poultry and raw milk, rose… Continue Reading