Mass. closes oyster beds on Martha’s Vineyard after three sickened

With west coast growers in B.C. fuming about a Canadian Food Inspection Agency recall of oysters, east coast Massachusetts has ordered closed an area of oyster beds in Martha’s Vineyard’s Katama Bay after three people became sick from consuming raw oysters from the area.

Raw oystersThe Katama Bay oyster beds will be closed for one week, DPH officials said.

The department confirmed three cases of vibrio — a bacteria that causes watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever and chills for up to three days when ingested — linked to oysters in the area.

 If additional cases of vibrio are confirmed, DPH said, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could enforce an extended closure of the beds, located between Edgartown and Chappaquiddick Island.


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