Eight states have been affected by a norovirus outbreak linked to raw Texas oysters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In addition to the state of Lone Star, this includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The CDC has clarified that it does not want restaurants and grocers to serve raw oysters sourced from Harvest Area TX 1, Galveston Bay, Texas between November 17 and December 7.
As of December 15, 211 diseases had been reported, according to the CDC.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that raw oysters harvested in Galveston may be contaminated with norovirus.
The CDC advised that anyone who bought the raw oysters should throw them in the trash immediately or send them back to the retailer for destruction. The CDC also warned that all surfaces that came in contact with the oysters should be washed and disinfected.
Although sometimes referred to as gastrointestinal disease or stomach flu, norovirus is highly contagious and can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
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Norovirus can be spread through direct contact with those infected, eating contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your hands in your mouth.
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Symptoms of norovirus can develop within 12 to 48 hours after exposure, according to the CDC.
The risk of dehydration is also common with norovirus.