Multi-state norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters from Texas

Published 1:00 pm Thursday, December 22, 2022

The Mississippi State Department of Health is participating in the investigation of a multi-state outbreak of norovirus linked to raw oysters from Texas.

As of Wednesday, at least nine cases have been reported in the state linked to raw oysters distributed to Mississippi restaurants. Additional cases may be identified as the investigation continues.

Restaurants and food retailers should not serve raw oysters from harvest area TX 1, Galveston Bay, Texas, harvested from Nov. 17, 2022, to Dec. 7, 2022, and consumers should not eat raw oysters from these areas. If you have oysters at home from the areas listed, throw them away.

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Norovirus infection can cause an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.