Oysters harvested in Galveston Bay, Texas, were recalled after at least 211 people in 8 states were infected with Norovirus.
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UPDATE: Texas Oysters Recalled After Norovirus Outbreak
In December 2022, health officials recalled raw oysters from Texas and closed an oyster harvesting area in Galveston Bay, Texas, after at least 211 people got sick in 8 states, including dozens of people in Texas.
Restaurants and stores are being warned not to serve or sell oysters that were harvested from Harvest Area TX 1 between November 17 and December 7, 2022.
Illnesses were reported in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, according to the CDC outbreak investigation,.
The oysters may be contaminated with norovirus, which is a virus that typically causes symptoms within 12-48 hours of eating contaminated food. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, muscle aches and feeling very ill for 1-3 days.
The Texas Department of State Health Services closed the harvesting area on December 8 and said it will not re-open until water testing shows that it is safe, according to a news alert posted on December 9.
Oysters from Canada Linked to Norovirus Outbreak in U.S.
In April 2022, the FDA warned people in Texas not to eat raw oysters from British Columbia after hundreds of Norovirus illnesses were reported in the U.S. and Canada.
The CDC reported 103 norovirus illnesses in 13 states, including Texas. Hundreds of additional illnesses were reported in Canada between mid-January and late March.
The potentially contaminated oysters from Canada were sold in Texas and other states, according to the FDA. The oysters were sent to restaurants and retailers in CA, CO, FL, HI, IL, MA, MN, NJ, NV, NY, OR, TX, and WA, and possibly additional states through distributors.
“Retailers should not serve raw oysters harvested from the following harvest locations (or landfiles) within Baynes Sound: #1407063, #1411206, #278737 in BC 14-8 and #1400036, in BC 14-15. “Baynes Sound” will show on product tags as “14-8”and/or “DEEP BAY”, or “14-15.”.
Another Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Oysters From Canada
In 2016 and 2017, another major outbreak of Norovirus was linked to raw oysters from Canada — at least 331 people in Canada reported suffering gastrointestinal illnesses after eating raw oysters between December 2016 and March 2017, according to health officials.
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus is a virus that typically causes a sudden, short-lived bout of food poisoning. The symptoms usually appear within 1 or 2 days of eating contaminated food, and cause frequent diarrhea and vomiting for 12 to 48 hours. Most healthy adults recover without complications.
Symptoms of Norovirus
- Vomiting (usually worse in children)
- Stomach cramps
- Low fever
- Body chills
- Muscle aches
- Fatigue (generally feeling tired)
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