Beware of shellfish: infections are at double summer average

August 18, 2013

NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 18, 2013

Watch out for the shellfish — a saltwater bacteria has sickened more than twice the number of people in King County this summer than reported in past summers.

During July, there were 13 confirmed or probable cases of vibrio parahaemolyticus infection in the county, compared to an average of four in recent years. Since the beginning of August, eight more cases have been confirmed.

“This is probably the tip of the iceberg. For every case that is reported, an estimated 142 additional cases go unreported,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, chief of communicable disease for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a press release.

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