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NATION IN BRIEF : ALABAMA : Cholera Bacteria Found in Oyster Reefs

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

The same cholera bacteria that has killed thousands in South America apparently has infested Alabama’s oyster reefs, Mobile County’s health officer said. The reefs will be closed indefinitely because of the preliminary finding by Food and Drug Administration inspectors. Bacteria aren’t uncommon in oysters, but doctors have been alarmed about the cholera found at Buoy Reef near Dauphin Island because it appears to be the deadly strain that is sweeping South America. Doctors urged people not to eat raw or undercooked shellfish from Mobile Bay.


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