State Health Department Closes Oyster Harvest on Hood Canal

9/10 Kitsap Sun
By Kitsap Sun staff

BREMERTON —
The Washington state Department of Health has issued an oyster harvest closure for Hood Canal in Kitsap County after illnesses were reported in connection with commercially harvested oysters from the canal. The closure extends from the Hood Canal bridge to the Kitsap-Mason county line.

The illness, vibriosis, is caused by eating raw oysters contaminated with a natural bacterium called Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Symptoms of vibriosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever and chills. They usually appear about 12 hours after eating infected shellfish but can manifest as quickly as two hours or as slowly as two days after consumption.

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