CDC investigating multistate outbreak of norovirus stemming from raw Texas oysters

Eight states are among those affected by a norovirus outbreak linked to raw Texas oysters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Besides the Lone Star State, others include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

The CDC has made it clear that it does not want restaurants and food retailers to serve raw oysters from TX Harvest Area 1, Galveston Bay, Texas, between November 17 and December 7.

The CDC said 211 illnesses had been reported as of Dec. 15.

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A dozen raw oysters on a plate in a restaurant.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that raw oysters harvested in Galveston are potentially infected with norovirus.

The CDC advised anyone who purchased the oysters raw to immediately dispose of them in the trash or return them to the distributor for destruction. The CDC also warned that all surfaces that came into contact with the oysters should be washed and disinfected.

Although norovirus is sometimes called stomach bug or stomach flu, it is highly contagious and can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

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CDC warns of norovirus outbreak linked to raw Texas oysters.  Oysters were sold in eight states.

CDC warns of norovirus outbreak linked to raw Texas oysters. Oysters were sold in eight states.
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Norovirus can be contracted through direct contact with infected people, by consuming contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces and then putting hands in mouth.

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Norovirus symptoms can develop within 12 to 48 hours of exposure, according to the CDC.

The risk of dehydration is also prevalent with norovirus.

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