According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), eight states have been affected by the norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters in Texas.
Along with the Lone Star State, the others are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The CDC has made it clear that it does not want restaurants and food retailers to serve raw oysters that came from the Galveston Bay harvest area in TX 1 between November 17 and December 7.
As of Dec. 15, 211 illnesses have been reported, the CDC said.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that raw oysters harvested in Galveston are potentially contaminated with norovirus.
The CDC has advised that anyone who has acquired raw oysters should immediately throw them in the trash or send them back to the distributor for destruction. The CDC also warned that any surface that comes into contact with oysters should be washed and disinfected.
Although norovirus is sometimes called the stomach bug or stomach flu, it is highly contagious and can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
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Norovirus can be contracted by direct contact with an infected person, by consuming contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces and putting your hands in your mouth.
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According to the CDC, symptoms of norovirus can develop within 12 to 48 hours of infection.
The risk of dehydration is also common with norovirus.