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Misc. News : C.onsumer A.ffair Last Updated: Nov 12th, 2006 - 20:38:00

74 become ill after eating raw oysters
Aug 1, 2006, 22:54

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New York Times/AP

City and federal officials were cited as saying that 74 people are believed to have gotten sick from eating raw oysters from the Pacific Northwest that were sold in New York City restaurants and stores last month.

Outbreaks have also been reported in British Columbia, Oregon and Washington State, which alone has recorded at least 100 cases, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Both the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Food and Drug Administration have warned people not to eat the oysters, which are infected with naturally occurring bacteria that are most prevalent in the summer, when water temperature rises.

A FDA spokesman was cited as saying the outbreak, caused by the bacteria virbrio parahaemolyticus, was probably the result of the higher than usual air temperatures on the West Coast.

In healthy people, the symptoms —

The stories note that only 2 of the 74 cases in New York City have been definitely tied to infected oysters from the Northwest, which are presumed to have caused the other illnesses. There have been 6 additional cases elsewhere in New York State.

More than 70 cases of vibriosis have been reported this year in people who ate oysters in Washington, the highest number since 1997, when 58 cases were reported.

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