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Raw Oyster warning from Health Department

OLYMPIA, Wash.- The Food and Drug Administration says stay away from raw oysters from the Pacific Northwest.

The Department of Health has issued a recall for all oysters in the shell harvested after July 13th from closed areas in Hood Canal and South Puget Sound. Packaged oysters are not affected by the recall.

There have been more than 70 reported cases of people getting sick in Washington state. That's the highest number since 1997, when 58 cases were reported. There have also been reports of people from Oregon, British Columbia, New York and California getting sick after eating raw oysters from Washington.

The bacteria can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and nausea.