Politics & Government

Evidence of bacteria at pair of oyster areas

The state has closed two Hood Canal oyster-growing areas after bacteria was detected in one and several people got ill eating raw oysters from another.

The Health Department closures are in effect for Hood Canal Area 6, which runs from Hoodsport south and east to the boat-launch area at Twanoh State Park, and Area 5, which runs from Clark Creek north to Cummings Point.

Officials want to reduce exposure to Vibrio bacteria. There have been several other vibriosis cases identified this summer, scattered around the state’s growing areas.