Oysters Recalled Nationwide for Possible Vibrio Parahaemolyticus Contamination

Posted on August 6, 2013 by

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 d.d. Denotta Company, Hood Canal, Washington is recalling all Pacific oysters, varying in size from extra small to large nationwide for possible Vibrio Parahaemolyticus contamination. The information was posted on the California Department of Public Health website.

Harvest Dates are from July 5, 2013 to July 25, 2013.

The following information is from the CDC website:

What is Vibrio parahaemolyticus?

Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a bacterium in the same family as those that cause cholera. It lives in brackish saltwater and causes gastrointestinal illness in humans. V. parahaemolyticus naturally inhabits coastal waters in the United States and Canada and is present in higher concentrations during summer; it is a halophilic, or salt-requiring organism.

What type of illness is caused by V. parahaemolyticus?

When ingested, V. parahaemolyticus causes watery diarrhea often with abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. Usually these symptoms occur within 24 hours of ingestion. Illness is usually self-limited and lasts 3 days. Severe disease is rare and occurs more commonly in persons with weakened immune systems. V. parahaemolyticus can also cause an infection of the skin when an open wound is exposed to warm seawater.

How does infection with V. parahaemolyticus occur?

Most people become infected by eating raw or undercooked shellfish, particularly oysters. Less commonly, this organism can cause an infection in the skin when an open wound is exposed to warm seawater.

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