Bacteria Warning for Cape Cod Bay Shellfish

CapeCodOnline: Scientists have always warned there would be a price to pay for global warming and 5 people last year paid heavily.

State health and fishery officials told shellfishermen and dealers at a meeting Wednesday night that warming ocean waters in the eastern part of Cape Cod Bay have created a more favorable environment for the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria, both increasing its population size and lengthening its growing season.

The result was that, for the first time, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed that 5 people had fallen ill over the summer and fall after eating raw oysters that were contaminated with the bacteria.

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