Rosier Creek closed to shellfish harvesting

RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Health recently closed Rosier Creek in King George and Westmoreland counties to shellfish harvesting due to a sewage release.

Because these waters can be contaminated with pollutants such as pathogenic bacteria and viruses, shellfish taken from the area affected by the emergency closure are currently unacceptable for consumption. The temporary emergency closure is effective from July 5 through 25, reported Eastern region public information officer Larry Hill.

Ingesting shellfish taken from the closed areas at this time could cause gastrointestinal illnesses including norovirus, hepatitis A and shigellosis. In addition, the Virginia Department of Health urges the public to minimize exposure to the water by rinsing or washing items that come into contact with the water, including fishing gear, life vests, ropes….

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