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