Tainted oysters sicken more than 20 after warning lapse

CALIFORNIA, Md. (AP) — A water utility warned last month that an overwhelmed sewage system sent more than 25,000 gallons of waste into a Potomac River tributary. But The Baltimore Sun reports the Maryland Department of the Environment says it wasn’t until Virginia officials investigating a foodborne illness outbreak reached out two weeks later that officials closed an affected part of the St. Mary’s River. Department spokesman Jay Apperson says it’s not clear how it managed to occur, but the department is building redundancies into its process to keep it from happening again. Apperson says information from the St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission about the overflow wasn’t passed to the state office that would close nearby shellfish harvesting areas.

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