Washington state oysters sicken 5 people

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oysters harvested in Washington state have sickened five people.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/ofplWB ) the oysters from Hood Canal Area 4 in the Olympic Peninsula could be contaminated with a bacterium in the same family as cholera.

The bacterium can sicken people with vibriosis (vib-RO'-sis), which causes gastrointestinal problems but is rarely fatal.

The oysters were sold between Aug. 30 and Sept. 19. The oysters were sold in Washington, Oregon and California and sold overseas in China, Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com