Thursday, January 20, 2022

Whatever you do, don’t harvest shellfish here

A portion of Back River has been shut down due to potential contamination. (HNNDaily staff photo/ courtesy of Flickr).
A portion of Back River has been shut down due to potential contamination. (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Flickr).

HAMPTON — The state’s Department of Health has closed a portion of Back River to shellfish harvesting over concerns of potential contamination following a sewage spill.

A sewer infrastructure failure caused a significant spill of raw sewage into a tributary of the Back River, according to a news release from the health department.

The closure is effective immediately and is scheduled to end on June 7.

The affected shellfish include oysters and clams. Ingesting shellfish taken from the closed areas at this time could cause gastrointestinal illnesses including norovirus, hepatitis A and shigellosis, according to the news release.

Maps of the affected areas are posted on the Division of Shellfish Sanitation’s home page.

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