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Politics More than 20 ill after officials failed to warn about sewage-contaminated oysters

02:55  24 november  2021
02:55  24 november  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Diners eat oysters freshly shucked off the rocks in Sydney Harbour but NOBODY is ordering what they're having - and for good reason. Small group of diners 'drunkenly' decided to eat oysters from Sydney Harbour. In a video uploaded to TikTok on October 16, a woman known as Sara can be seen barefoot off the rocks at Barangaroo Reserve collecting what would have been a highly contaminated snack. Commercial fishing was banned on the harbour in 2006 because elevated levels of dioxins were found in fish and crustaceans in waterways in and around the Sydney CBD.

More than 20 people fell ill after Maryland officials failed to warn residents about oysters that were contaminated by raw sewage.

a pile of rocks: More than 20 ill after officials failed to warn about sewage-contaminated oysters © Dan Kitwood/Getty Images More than 20 ill after officials failed to warn about sewage-contaminated oysters

Between Oct. 28 and Oct. 30, heavy rain sent 25,000 gallons of sewage into the Potomac River, contaminating oysters in the water, The Baltimore Sun reported.

St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission Executive Director George Erichsen said the sewage company reported the incident to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and made a Facebook post to tell the public.

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Texas woman battling cancer dies after eating contaminated OYSTERS while on vacation with husband celebrating her 56th birthday. Jane White Cunningham, 56, from Buna, Texas died while on vacation with her husband David in Mississippi. The oysters were contaminated with a bacteria called vibrio which gave Jane a severe infection. Both her legs and one of her arms were amputated to try and stop the infection but it wasn't enough. Jane had been battling leukemia for the past year.

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The agency, however, reportedly failed to provide warning to the public until Nov. 13, after oysters from the river were served at an event in Virginia.

Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks told the Sun the failure is "inexcusable" and that "people are sick because MDE failed to do its job."

After the department did issue a public warning, shellfish harvesting was suspended in the parts of the river that were contaminated, the paper reported.

"To our knowledge, this is the first time something of this nature has happened," department spokesman Jay Apperson said. "We are now working on improving our coordination within programs, through retraining and building redundancies into our process as a safeguard to prevent this from happening in the future."

The Hill has reached out to the MDE for further comment.

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