According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) there is currently a norovirus outbreak that has been linked to raw oysters that were distributed from British Columbia, Canada. These potentially contaminated raw oysters have been distributed to several states, including Texas.
How To Know If You Have the Norovirus
The norovirus is what is often responsible for what most people call ‘food poisoning’. The symptoms of the norovirus include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, fever, headache, and body ache. These symptoms typically show up around 12 to 48 hours after exposure and can last up to three days. This virus impacts people of all ages, including children and especially impacting those with compromised immune systems.
If you or someone you know happens to get sick from the virus, be sure to stay hydrated, get some rest, and contact your healthcare provider if needed.
How To Avoid the Norovirus
Due to the current outbreak among raw oysters that were distributed across the U.S., including Texas, it is highly suggested to avoid eating any raw shellfish at the moment. Do not eat raw oysters from restaurants, and be sure to thoroughly clean any food you have that may have come in contact with raw shellfish.
Restaurants and retailers are strongly encouraged by the FDA to dispose of any oysters they are currently in possession of and sanitize anything they came in contact with. The contaminated oysters can be disposed of in dumpsters or can be returned to the distributor for them to dispose of the shellfish themselves.
What To Do If You Ate Raw Oysters Recently
If you’re seeing this warning after recently eating raw oysters, don’t be alarmed. It is encouraged to follow the directions stated in the last section to properly dispose of any raw oysters you still have in your possession, making sure to sanitize anything that comes in contact with the potentially contaminated food. If you start experiencing the symptoms listed above, the FDA says to contact your healthcare provider and ask them for guidance.