BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia is banning commercial and
recreational oyster harvesting during the summer months in an
effort to reduce consumers' risk of getting sick from eating raw
The oyster ban takes effect Tuesday and lasts through September
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is ordering the ban
to comply with health regulations targeting a bacterium called Vp
that occurs naturally in some shellfish.
The bacterium is most commonly found in oysters during the
summer when waters are warmer.
Health officials say eating raw oysters is the most common way
people ingest the bacteria, which can cause vomiting, stomach
cramps, diarrhea and fever.
Georgia also banned oyster harvesting last summer. The DNR says
summertime accounts for about two percent of Georgia's oyster