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TUESDAY, April 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The United States and Canada are investigating a multi-state outbreak of norovirus disease linked to raw Canadian oysters.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell these potentially contaminated raw oysters, which were harvested from the southern and central parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada, the US Food and Drug Administration has said. .

The oysters were distributed to 13 states, but others may also have received them via further distribution in the United States, the FDA said. The states confirmed to have received the contaminated oysters are California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The FDA and states conducted what is called a “traceability investigation” to determine where the raw oysters were distributed and to remove them from the food supply.

Although food contaminated with norovirus may look, smell and taste normal, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, fever, headache and aches within 12 to 48 hours of consumption. Most people get better in one to three days. Children under 5, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have serious infections. Symptoms can lead to dehydration, especially in children, the elderly, and people with other illnesses.

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