The illness is typically spread through food that is contaminated by the bacteria. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
According to a news release from DHEC, the best way to protect yourself and your family from getting the illness is to thoroughly cook all shellfish before eating it.
“We are working with the Food and Drug Administration and many partners to identify the source of the contaminated shellfish,” said Linda Bell, M.D. and state epidemiologist. “We are informing health care providers of the situation and will continue to monitor the state for additional cases.”
There is no evidence that the contaminated shellfish originated in the waters of South Carolina.