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US Norovirus symptoms are linked to Canadian oysters

The United States of America and Canada are research and investigate on a multi state outbreak of norovirus associated with raw oysters from Canada.

The US Food and Drug Administration identified all restaurants and retailer shops should not serve or sell potentially contaminated raw oysters, which were harvested in southern and central parts of Pines Sound, British Columbia, Canada.

Symptoms of Norovirus

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Common symptoms of norovirus infection include

  • Vomiting,
  • Diarrhea, and
  • Stomach cramping.
  • The Less common symptoms may be
    • Low-grade fever or chills,
    • Headache,
    • And muscle aches.
    • Symptoms normally starts 1 or 2 days after ingesting the norovirus, but may be seen as early as 12 hours after exposure of the object.
  • The illness typically comes on suddenly. The infected patients may feel very sick and sometime vomit , sometimes without warning, many times a day. Sometimes many patients infected with norovirus have no symptoms at all, but can still communicable or transmit the virus to others.

The Food and Drug Administration said the oysters were distributed in 13 states, but others may have received them through further distribution within the United States.

States confirmed to have received contaminated shellfish are California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

The Food and Drug Administration and states conducted what is known as a “forward traceability investigation” to determine where to distribute raw oysters and remove them from the food supply.

While norovirus-contaminated food may look, smell, and taste normal, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, fever, headache, and body aches within 12 to 48 hours after eating it.

Most people get better within one to three days. Children under the age of five, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe infections.

Symptoms may result in dehydration in most of the people with other illnesses.

The FDA said it’s important to contact your healthcare provider if you or your child becomes dehydrated. Symptoms of dehydration may result in

  • Urination,
  • Dry mouth and throat,
  • And dizziness upon standing.
  • Children who are dehydrated may have few or no tears and be unusually sleepy or irritable.

Impacted harvest sites in Baynes Sound include #1407063, #1411206, #278737 in 14-8 BC, and #14,00036, in 14-15 BC.

‘Baynes Sound’ will appear on product tags as ’14-8′ and/or ‘DEEP BAY’ or ’14-15′.

The Food and Drug Administration Speech :

Restaurants and retailers must either dispose of or return all products included in the recall process to the distributor.
Those who have handled and packaged any potentially contaminated products should be aware of cross-contamination of food processing equipment. Work surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, and hands should be washed with warm water.
Retailers who sold bulk products must clean and sterilize the containers used to hold the product.
Consumers should not eat shellfish from any of the sites listed and dispose of any products they have. If they get sick, they should talk to their healthcare provider.


The FDA said it’s always important to wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after eating. It is especially important now to wash any cutting utensils or food preparation surfaces that have come into contact with contaminated shellfish.

Norovirus is relatively heat-resistant and can withstand temperatures up to 145 degrees.

Other ways to avoid foodborne illness include not preparing food for others when you are sick; washing fruits and vegetables before preparing and eating them; Oysters and oysters always cook well; Disinfect contaminated surfaces and wash contaminated clothing.