State: Prepare shellfish

— The state Department of Health is urging recreational shellfish harvesters to check, chill and cook their catch during the Labor Day weekend and into September.

The combination of hot weather, low tides and little rain have contributed to more than 10 reports of vibriosis illnesses from people who ate raw or undercooked oysters, officials said.

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever and chills. The illness is usually mild or moderate and runs its course in two to three days.



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