Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP)

Five people were part of a national E. coli O157 outbreak in England earlier this year.

Of five laboratory confirmed infections from Shiga toxin producing E. coli O157 phage type 2, two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure associated with E. coli infection, which led to hospitalization.

No food was identified as the source during the investigation into common food exposures of patients and food histories in the likely incubation period.

A Public Health England spokeswoman told Food Safety News the outbreak had ended but refused to clarify if any deaths had been reported due
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The discovery of unsafe levels of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison in samples of shellfish collected near Seattle has prompted the closing of Puget Sound beaches for recreational shellfish harvest. Washington state officials, along with Seattle and King County public health officials are warning the public to honor the harvest bans that include oysters, mussels, oysters, geoduck and scallops.

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“The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed beaches to recreational shellfish harvest from Three Tree Point south to the Pierce County line, including Des Moines Marina Park, Saltwater State
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