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Big Breaking: Norovirus Found In Oysters in Southern California; 150 Related Illness Cases Reported in Los Angeles County

Big Breaking: Norovirus Found In Oysters in Southern California; 150 Related Illness Cases Reported in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles, CA: Consumers should take precautions nowadays, as oysters are contaminated by norovirus throughout Southern California.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, over 150 suspected local cases of gastrointestinal sickness are associated with raw oyster intake, which is most likely caused by norovirus.

At this time, Public Health is warning people not to consume raw oysters from Laguna De Guerrero Negro, Baja California, Mexico; Laguna Manuela, Baja California, Mexico; and Bahia Salina, Sonora, Mexico, since they may be related to norovirus outbreaks in California.

Before consuming raw oysters, customers should inquire about the location of the oysters’ harvest.

Public Health is now collaborating with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to identify and confirm the cause of this gastrointestinal ailment outbreak.

“Until the source is confirmed, consumers should be cautious before eating raw oysters due to the potential risk of foodborne illness,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County health officer, in a news release. “If you are sick, avoid spreading illness by washing your hands frequently and cleaning frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and kitchen countertops.”

Health officials in San Diego County have linked 41 confirmed and likely norovirus illness cases to raw oysters from a certain harvest site in Northwest Mexico.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States is telling California restaurants and food stores that have recently bought oysters to dump them and not serve them to the consumers.

Consuming fresh oysters contaminated with norovirus can result in illness, with individuals with compromised immune systems being particularly susceptible to severe symptoms. Norovirus-contaminated foods may appear, scent, and taste normal.

If consumers of these products show symptoms of illness, they should communicate with their healthcare provider and notify the local Health Department of the situation. 12 to 48 hours after norovirus exposure, symptoms typically manifest.

Individuals of any age are susceptible to infection and illness caused by norovirus. The most prevalent norovirus symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. Additional symptoms consist of body pains, headache, and fever.

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