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Discovery Bay Area Shellfish Beaches Closed Due to Marine Biotoxins; Dabob Bay Re-opens, Vibrio Warning Still in Place

Port Townsend – Shellfish samples from Discovery Bay have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Discovery Bay for recreational shellfish harvest. Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxins prior to distribution and should be safe to eat.
Marine biotoxins in Dabob Bay have declined and the closure earlier in the season has now been lifted. There is still a vibrio warning and all shellfish harvested from the Dabob Bay area should be cooked prior to consumption.
 

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Jefferson County Food Safety Awards

22 Jefferson County Food Establishments Demonstrate Commitment to Achieving the Highest Food Safety Standards in 2014

Port Townsend – The 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented at the May 21, 2015 Jefferson County Board of Health meeting to recognize 22 restaurants, full service food establishments, and their proprietors who demonstrated the highest standards for safe food handling during the past year.

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Port Ludlow and Mats Mats Bay Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish

Port Townsend – Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have recently been detected at elevated levels in shellfish samples collected on May 19, 2015. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Port Ludlow and Mats Mats Bays to the recreational harvest of shellfish.

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Sewage Discharge at Port Ludlow Bay

Port Townsend – Olympic Water and Sewer officials reported a release of sewage at the Port Ludlow Wastewater Treatment Plant on Wednesday, May 13, due to a mechanical failure.
 

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Brinnon Area Shellfish Beaches Closed Due to Marine Biotoxins

Special Meeting to be Held

Port Townsend – Shellfish samples from Hood Canal have been found to contain elevated levels of marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has extended the previous closure of Quilcene and Dabob Bays to include Hood Canal from Seal Rock south to the Jefferson/Mason County line. This includes public beaches at Seal Rock and Dosewallips and Triton Cove State Parks, among others. Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxin prior to distribution and should be safe to eat.

A special meeting has been scheduled at the Quilcene Community Center, Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 pm to discuss what is causing the closures last fall and now. Clara Hard from DOH will give a presentation and be available to answer questions. She will talk about why the areas are closed, the program that monitors harmful algae blooms and the health risks of the different biotoxins.

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Anderson Lake Closed Due to Toxin

PORT TOWNSEND - High levels of the potent nerve toxin anatoxin-a were detected in a water sample taken from Anderson Lake on Monday, May 4. The toxin level climbed to 17.8 micrograms per liter, which is above the Washington State recreational criteria of 1 microgram per liter.

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Dabob and Quilcene Bay Beaches Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish Due to Marine Biotoxins

PORT TOWNSEND - Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have recently been detected at elevated leves in shellfish samples collected on April 29th.

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CPC Key Leader Orientation Meeting and Panel Presentation

PORT TOWNSEND - The public is invited to the Chimacum Prevention Coalition’s Key Leader Orientation Meeting and Panel Presentation on Monday, May 11, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Chimacum High School Library.

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Child safety takes center field at Ms game

OLYMPIA - Preventable injuries are the number one killer of kids in the United States, and in Washington, eight children die or are hospitalized every day due to a preventable injury. That’s why state health officials are working to share information on how to keep kids safe – and especially to keep them safe at home

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Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Outbreak in Jefferson County

Jefferson and Kitsap counties are experiencing an increase in Pertussis cases (whooping cough).  To date 17 cases have been diagnosed in Jefferson County including high school, middle school, and elementary school students. In 2012, Washington had an epidemic with nearly 5,000 cases.  3 years later, pertussis is on the rise again statewide.  So far this year there have been 319 reported cases of pertussis compared to 49 during the same time period last year.

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