Check Your Oysters: Norovirus Outbreak

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The Seattle and King County Health Department reported March 28 that raw oysters may be the source of a norovirus outbreak in King County.

About 39 people have displayed symptoms of norovirus since January 2017. Symptoms can include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain and fever, according to the health department.

The Washington State Health Department has temporarily banned shell fish harvesting in Samish Bay. Other oyster beds are being evaluated.

Restaurateurs can protect customers from illness by knowing where the oysters they serve come from.

How to check your oysters:

Each bag of oysters must legally bear a tag. Check the tag, if it says the oysters came from Samish Bay and were harvested in the last seven to 10 days, the oysters should be destroyed.

Learn more here: http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Shellfish

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