FDA: Don't eat oysters from Northwest

Aug 01, 2006

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an advisory against eating raw oysters from the Pacific Northwest.

The agency said there have been an unusual number of reports of infections from Vibrio parahaemolyticus in recent weeks. The bacterium causes mild gastrointestinal illness in most people but can cause septicemia and other serious complications in the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Washington state officials have closed some areas where oysters are known to have caused infections and have launched a recall of oysters harvested from those beds.

Consumers are advised to cook any oysters from the Pacific Northwest or oysters of unknown origin and to do the cooking in small pots or other containers to avoid uneven heat distribution.

People with weakened immune systems, including those with AIDS, cancer, diabetes and stomach disorders and alcoholics, should not consume raw oysters, the FDA said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Google teams with J&J on robotic surgery

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Vibrio bacteria found in Norwegian seafood and seawater

Feb 24, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- While working on her doctorate, Anette Bauer Ellingsen discovered potentially disease-causing vibrios (Vibrio cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus) in Norwegian seafood and inshore ...

Recommended for you

UK nurse cured of Ebola after receiving new treatment

54 minutes ago

A British army reservist who contracted Ebola while working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone has fully recovered after becoming the first patient in the world to receive an experimental new treatment.

Clues to a city's health may be found in its sewage

1 hour ago

Research from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee suggests that sampling a city's sewage can tell scientists a great deal about its residents – and may someday lead to improvements in public health.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.