This Seafood Has Caused More Than 100 Norovirus Illnesses

Public health officials advise consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat or sell raw oysters linked to a norovirus outbreak that has infected 100+

As of April 6, the CDC reported 103 illnesses in 13 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey,

Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. In another alert letter, the FDA suggests the potentially tainted oysters were shipped to other states.

The FDA reported that the oysters, which have been connected to at least 279 Canadian norovirus cases, were collected in the south and central Baynes

"Retailers should not serve raw oysters harvested from the following harvest locations within British Columbia: BC 14-8 and BC 14-5, with

harvest starting as early as January 31, 2022, which will be printed on product tags," the FDA said in its alert.

For oysters from affected areas, the CDC recommends throwing them away and cleaning any utensils or surfaces that may have touched them. 

Norovirus, also known as the "stomach flu," is the biggest cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach

pain may occur. Most people recover within one to three days following exposure, but symptoms usually appear within 12 to 48 hours.

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