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PUD 1 employees reach milestone Thursday, July 10, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-13 Photo courtesy of Mason County PUD 1 Mason County PUD 1 employees Jocelyne Gray, left, Shiane Saeger and Greg Kester were recognized June 27 at the utility's annual company picnic at Potlatch State Park for reaching milestones with the utility. Gray, director of operations, water, has worked at the PUD for five years Saeger, a customer service representative, marked 15 years with the utility, and Greg Kester, PUD auditor and director of finance and customer service, has worked at the utility for 25 years. PUD 1 is a nonprofit organization that provides water, sewer and electric services to about 7,100 customers in Mason and Jefferson counties. Sunshine, warming water can harbor bacteria in shellfish STAFF REPORT news@masoncoun corn Warm weather and low tides are good for harvesting shellfish, but nice weather is also ideal for naturally occurring bacteria to multiply, raising the risk of illness. The Department of Health advises Washington's shellfish consumers to follow summertime health advice as they head to area beaches to gather shellfish. "Sunshine and warming waters are ideal conditions for the bacteria that cause vibriosis to multiply," explains Jerrod Davis, director of the Office of Shellfish and Water Protection. "This raises the risk of getting sick from eat- ing raw or undercooked shellfish - es- pecially oysters." People who gather their own shell- fish can follow some tips to avoid getting ill. Ensure that oysters are placed on ice or refrigerated imme- diately after they are picked. Har- vest shellfish as the tide goes out and don't take shellfish that have been exposed by the receding tide for more than an hour. Cook shellfish thoroughly, especially in the summer months, because the Vibrio parahae- molyticus bacteria are killed when shellfish have reached 145 degrees for 15 seconds. Don't rinse cooked shellfish with seawater because it can be re-contami- nated with Vibrio. Vibriosis symptoms usually ap- pear within 24 hours of eating infected shellfish and might include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever and chills. Symptoms typically last two to sev- en days. People with lowered immunity, liver disease, stomach ulcers, or who take medication to reduce stomach acid are at higher risk for severe illness and should never eat raw or undercooked shellfish. Not all shellfish illnesses can be pre- vented by cooking. Biotoxins are also found in Washington waters and are not destroyed by cooking. 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