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Oyster-Related Illnesses Prompt Summer Health Advisory For Recreational Harvesters

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Recreational Harvesters

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During the warm summer months the state Department of Health recommends that recreational harvesters cook shellfish to avoid getting sick.

The 2006 outbreak of vibriosis serves as a reminder that it's important to harvest, handle and prepare shellfish properly.

Last year many people were sickened with vibriosis after eating contaminated Washington oysters. Vibriosis is an intestinal illness caused by naturally occurring bacteria known as Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Unlike the toxins that cause Paralytic (PSP) and Amnesic (ASP) Shellfish Poisoning, Vibrio is destroyed by cooking to 145