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Seattle officials confirm Vibrio in tilapia from supermarket tank

Tilapia from a fish tank in a Seattle grocery store has tested positive for Vibrio vulnificus bacteria and is the probable source of an outbreak, according to public health officials. Sales of all live fish are “on hold” at the Seattle Supermarket on Beacon Avenue South, according to a Monday night alert from the Seattle… Continue Reading

Supermarket fish tank sends man to hospital with vibriosis

For the second time in less than a year a fish tank in a grocery store is believed to be the source of infection in Seattle, this time requiring a man to be hospitalized. On Tuesday Seattle-King County Public Health reported that a King County resident who cut his hand while preparing fresh fish from a grocery… Continue Reading

Raw oyster consumption continues, as do vibriosis outbreaks

Since the beginning of June, Public Health Officials have investigated multiple reports of people developing vibriosis symptoms after consuming raw oysters at several restaurants and markets in Seattle-King County area. There are now 25 confirmed and probable victims who all experienced the watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping and vomiting of vibriosis, as reported by Public Health of Seattle-King County. “Environmental health inspectors conducted on site investigations to ensure… Continue Reading

Second restaurant linked to illnesses involving raw oysters

For the second time this week Seattle health officials reported that people who recently ate raw oysters there became sick. Six people in two dinner parties who ate raw oysters at the White Swan Public House restaurant on June 30 and July 3 became sick with gastric symptoms consistent with vibriosis, according to a Thursday… Continue Reading

Raw oysters suspected in outbreak; thorough cooking advised

Gastroenteritis illnesses among customers of a Seattle seafood restaurant who ate raw oysters there in June have caught the attention of public health officials, who posted a public notice Wednesday. One person has tested positive for vibriosis infection caused by the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria and two others have symptoms consistent with vibriosis, according to the… Continue Reading

Protect Yourself From Shellfish-Related Illnesses This Summer

Food-safety tips for West Coast shellfish gatherers

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