Norovirus outbreak linked to oysters
Dec 14, 2006 8:55 AM, from staff and wire reports
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a norovirus outbreak linked to raw, frozen oysters on the half shell imported from South Korea. The agency is working with five states and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in this investigation.
Eight people became sick from eating the raw oysters at a Woodburn OR private event. FDA testing of oysters from the same production lot December 8 indicated the presence of the norovirus.
Norovirus symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Victims often develop low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and general fatigue.
The frozen oysters under scrutiny were imported from the Central Fisheries Co in South Korea by Fortuna Sea Products Inc of California. They were distributed in Texas, California, Colorado, Oregon, and Nevada.
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