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rs suspe( Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - Mason Counly Journal - Page A-13 consumers By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun corn Shellfish harvested recently from a section of Hammersley Inlet in Mason County might make you sick, accord- ing to the state Department of Health (DOH). At least a dozen people became ill with norovirus in November after eating raw oysters originating from a shoreline on Hammersley Inlet be- tween Southeast Mell Road and Skoo- kum Point. The state has issued an emergency shellfish-harvesting closure for the beach and has recalled shellfish har- vested in the area between Nov. 10 and Dec. 5. The closure affects 18 shellfish com- panies, said Scott Berbells, manager of the growing area section of the DOH Shellfish Program. A failing septic system likely caused the contamination, according to the DOH. "When the state DOH got the calls about a potential shellfish-associated foodborne illness, they were able to track the tags back and narrow the shellfish back to two parcels on Ham- mersley," said Debbie Riley, envi- ronmental health manager at Mason County Public Health. "They sent staff out right away." Shellfish from the area were sent to Oregon, Nevada, Florida, Minnesota, Illinois, California, New York, Maine, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia. "Our program at the DOH is built around evaluating the public-health risk in shellfish growing areas," Ber- bells said. "Norovirus is certainly not common in Washington products be- cause of the efforts of our program and partner programs." The DOH also monitors shellfish for naturally occurring toxins and bacte- ria, including Paralytic Shellfish Poi- soning (PSP), or the bacteria Vibrio paraheimolyticus, Berbells said. "There's a lot of different things we deal with," Berbells said. "It's not com- mon to have a norovirus outbreak." Norovirus is a common stomach vi- rus that spreads through contaminated food or services and person-to-person contact, according to the DOH. An investigation showed no signs of contamination at shellfish companies working in Hammersley Inlet, but offi- cials did find a leaking septic system in the area that might be the source of the problem, according to the DOH. The homeowner stopped using the septic system as soon as the problem was identified and is currently work- ing to repair the failing system, Riley said. "The homeowner was right on board and did everything in a really timely manner," she said. Mason County Public Health rec- ommends annual inspections for most types of septic systems. HEALTH BRIEFS Hospital offers class on first aid, CPR and AED Two-day class set on managing your diabetes Free Medicare, insurance advice at senior center Alpine Way offers Parkinson's, Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is offering a class on first aid, CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 15 at the hospital's learn- ing center next to the Shelton Mc- Donald's on Olympic Highway North. The cost is $35 and includes the books and materials. A Spanish-speak- ing interpreter will be available by re- quest. The deadline to register is Jan. 2. To register, call the learning center at 427-3609. Employees of Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics will present a two-day course on man- aging life with diabetes from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 17 and 18, in the Pershing and Ellinor meet- ing rooms at the hospital at 901 Mountain View Drive in Shelton. There is a cost for the course, which most insurance plans cover. To regis- ter, call Sue Barwick at 426-1611, ext. 28941. From Allyn, call 275-8614, ext. 28941. Volunteers from the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors will offer free advice on Medicare and other health insurance programs at its New to Medicare class from 11 a.m. to noon the fourth Thursday of each month at the Mason County Senior Services Center at the at Sentry Park, 190 Shelton. Alpine Way Continuing Care Community is hosting a Parkinson's disease support group from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month and an Alzheimer's education group 11 call 426- Individual appointments from noon 2600. to 2 p.m. can also be made by calling 586-6181, ext. 134, or 426-7374. Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks Mon.-Fri. 9-5 Sat. 9.1 (360) 427-4335 120 S. 3rd Street Shelton \ \ If you've met your your coverage for routine or spccialty mcdical met, your out-of-pocket costs for care arc often your health benefits! minimal. 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