Virginia is coping with its first run-in with a phrase no one in public health or the seafood business ever wants to hear: oyster disease outbreak.

Three people became sick recently after eating raw oysters collected from the same private grounds off Fisherman Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. They ate the oysters at restaurants in Massachusetts and Maryland, victims of a pathogen that grows naturally in warm waters known as Vibrio parahaemolyticus. [email protected]

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