PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORIES

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Shellfish Consumption Closure for Biotoxins/Red Tide Closure

Biotoxins are marine toxins that can concentrate in shellfish to dangerous levels, making the shellfish unsafe to eat. Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP), Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP, or “red tide”) and Amnesic Shellfish Poision (ASP) are the biotoxins commonly found in Washington's marine waters.
Shellfish Consumption Advisory  for Vibrio parahaemolyticus (VP) Cook All Shellfish Eating uncooked shellfish affected with Vibrio parahaemolyticus (VP) may cause illness.
Shellfish Consumption Warning for Vibrio Parahaemolyticus High levels of Illness-causing agents known as Vibrio parahaemolyticus (VP) in shellfish. Eating uncooked shellfish affected with  VP  may cause illness. Shellfish are unsafe to eat.
Shellfish Consumption Warning for Sewer outfall Shellfish should not be harvested near sewer treatment plant outfalls.
Shellfish Consumption Closure Heavy Rainfall and /or Non-point pollution All shorelines closed to shellfish harvest due to heavy rains and/ or non-point pollution from sewer or septic system failures, farm animal and pet waste, oil and other chemicals that run off the land into water bodies. There is an increased risk of illness due to higher levels of bacteria and viruses through water contact and in the shellfish.
Sewer Spill Closure Chemicals or bacterial pollution from a malfunctioning sewer system or combined sewer / storm water overflow has been detected in the water. Serious illness may result from contact with water while wading or swimming.  Shellfish are unsafe for consumption.

Water Contact Advisory for Cyanobacteria

Open to public use, however illness-causing organisms may be present.

Lake Water  Contact Warning for Toxic Cyano Bacteria 

Water contact not advised. Toxic Cyanobacteria are present in this waterbody. Cyanobacteria are also known as Blue-green algae. Some types of cyanobacteria are dangerous to humans and animals, because they produce nerve and liver toxins.
Marine Beach Water Contact Warning for Bacteria No Swimming or shellfishing. Feces from humans, animals or water birds can contain bacteria, viruses and parasitic agents that can make you sick.

Contact Warning for Stream Water

Do not enter the water. Serious illness may result from contact with water while wading or swimming due to bacterial contamination.
Swimming Closure Do not enter the water. Serious illness may result from contact with water while wading or swimming due to bacterial pollution.

Water Contact Advisory for Swimmers Itch

Open to public use, however illness-causing organisms may be present.


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