ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Raw oyster harvested from a bed off the coast of Washington State have been linked to six reports of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness, prompting an FDA warning.
ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 10 -- Eating raw oysters harvested from a bed off the coast of Washington State have been linked to six reports of vibriosis, prompting an FDA warning to consumers.
The agency cautioned against eating raw oysters harvested from the southern tip of Hood Canal, which apparently led to the Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections in Washington State and California.
In addition to Washington and California, records indicate that raw oysters from the area were distributed to British Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, New York, Oregon, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Symptoms include watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills. Usually the symptoms occur within 24 hours of ingestion and last no more than three days, said the FDA.
Severe disease is rare and occurs most commonly in people with weakened immune systems. The FDA said that those with weakened immune systems, including those affected by AIDS, chronic alcohol abuse, liver, stomach, or blood disorders, cancer, diabetes, or kidney disease, should avoid eating raw oysters, regardless of where they are harvested.
The Washington State Department of Health has closed the growing area associated with the illness and has asked commercial oyster harvesters and dealers who obtained oysters from this area to recall them.
The warning extends only to raw oysters. The FDA said consumers could continue to eat properly cooked oysters.
The FDA made these recommendations for purchasing and preparing oysters: