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WASHINGTON STATE SHELLFISH HEALTH ADVISORY

 Warm weather sport shellfish harvesters and consumers are advised to take precautions against gastrointestinal illness from coastal shellfish, according to the state Department of Health.
 Risk of illness from the commonly occurring bacterium, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, is reduced by thorough rinsing to remove sediment and immediate refrigeration or freezing. Cooking will also reduce risk of infection and is a good practice for shellfish during the warmer months.
 Harvesters and consumers are advised to avoid recontamination of cooked shellfish by not using seawater for cooling.
 Eighteen cases of illness from Vibrio parahaemolyticus have been reported thus far in 1993, compared to six cases in 1992 and two cases in 1991. Recent cases have occurred following meals of oysters and crab from Hood Canal and the Washington coast.
 Seafood consumers who experience illness should contact their local health agencies for advice and investigation of their harvest area.
 Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhea 12 to 24 hours after consumption. Nausea may be present, but vomiting is not common. Fever is usually absent and recovery is complete within a week.
 Recreational shellfish harvesters are advised to contact the paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) hotline (800-562-5632) before harvesting oysters, clams or mussels for information about areas that are closed due to PSP.
 For further information, contact Jack Lilja, Office of Shellfish Programs, at 206-753-5959 or John Kobayashi, M.D., M.P.H., Office of Epidemiology, at 206-361-2914.
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 /CONTACT: Mimi Nickerson-Johns of the Washington State Department of Health, 206-753-1282/


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