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article imageFDA Issues Raw Oyster Warning

By Bob Ewing     Dec 30, 2007 in Food
The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about raw oysters that harvested from West Karako Bay, a section of Growing Area 3 in Louisiana. They may be infected with norovirus.
Do you enjoy raw oysters? If you do them make sure they are not harvested from West Karako Bay, a section of Growing Area 3 in Louisiana. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that these oysters, harvested from Dec. 3 through Dec. 21, may be contaminated with norovirus.
The symptoms of norovirus infection are, for example, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramping. Those who are affected will often experience low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness.
The symptoms will generally show within 48 hours of exposure to the norovirus and the illness will last 1 to 2 days. The very young, the very old and people with weakened immune systems are at a greater risk.
If you ate raw oysters on or after Dec. 3 and have experienced these symptoms are encouraged to contact their health care providers and local health departments.
If you bought raw oysters recently then the FDA suggests that you should contact the place of purchase to determine if the oysters were harvested from the identified area during the Dec. 3-21 period.
Reports have been received that seven individuals who ate raw oysters on Dec. 13 at a restaurant in Chattanooga, Tenn. showed signs of norovirus infection. The Tennessee Department of Health's test results from two of the ill patients were positive for norovirus.
The FDA has confirmed the presence of norovirus in shell oysters harvested from the West Karako Bay section of Growing Area 3 and was served at the restaurant.
The oysters were originally shipped by the Prestige Oyster Company of Theriot, La. To the Bon Secour Fisheries in Bon Secour, Ala. Bon Secour Fisheries, in turn, shipped the oysters to the restaurant in Chattanooga.
The oysters may still be on the shelf in some stores.
If the oysters are cooked the virus is destroyed.
Tips for eating oysters.
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