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New Orleans oysters contaminated

14 May 2012 14:32

14 people fell ill from eating oysters in New Orleans last month

14 people fell ill from eating oysters in New Orleans last month

Tourists at a New Orleans restaurant will be glad they had medical travel insurance after 14 people fell ill from eating oysters last month.

The incident led to State health officers having to shut down the Terrebonne Parish oyster grounds last Tuesday, and they have also recalled all shucked, breaded, post-harvest processed and half-shell market oysters harvested in the area since April 26.

Fortunately, the Department of Health and Hospitals and State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry said no contaminated oysters were sold or distributed in the Terrebonne and Lafouche region.

Although oysters also had to be recalled from Maryland, Texas and Georgia, the norovirus outbreak was contained to the New Orleans region. As many as 1,141 bags of oysters were recalled.

The 14 people experienced "stomach flu" or "food poisoning", common names for norovirus, which can also cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes chills, headaches, muscle aches and tiredness. Such symptoms often start between 24 and 48 hours after consuming the contaminated food.