Warning after at least 211 people across the US are poisoned in huge norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters

OVER 200 people across America have contracted a terrible disease after eating contaminated raw oysters.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an urgent alert after the shellfish caused a major norovirus outbreak.

At least 211 people have been poisoned by the contaminated oysters

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At least 211 people have been poisoned by the contaminated oystersCredit: Alamy
Norovirus is the most common foodborne illness in the United States

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Norovirus is the most common foodborne illness in the United StatesPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

At least 211 people have been poisoned by the norovirus outbreak after the oysters were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

The CDC located the contaminated shellfish in Galveston Bay, Texas, and the infected batch was recalled.

People are being urged to avoid oysters in packages that say they were harvested from November 17 to December 7 in the TX1 area.

In a press release, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised people “not to eat harvested oysters, and restaurants and grocers not to sell them.” [during the time period].”

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Norovirus is the most common foodborne illness in the US and is most commonly found in raw shellfish such as oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops.

It infects an estimated 20 million people each year, accounts for around 465,000 emergency room visits each year, and causes the deaths of up to 900 people across the country annually.

The highly contagious disease can cause serious side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Infected people typically see symptoms within 12 to 48 hours and often go away within three days.

The disease is especially dangerous for young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Cases increase during the winter months, peaking in January, leading to the disease being commonly referred to as the “winter vomit virus.”

To avoid food poisoning and eliminate the risk of infection from oysters, the CDC recommends cooking at an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fortunately, no hospitalizations or deaths have been recorded as part of this current outbreak.

It comes after two people were killed after contracting a separate deadly bacterial infection from contaminated oysters in August.

The infection came from a specific type of bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus, which was killing restaurant customers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Pensacola.

The contaminated oysters were located in Galveston Bay, Texas

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The contaminated oysters were located in Galveston Bay, TexasCredit: Alamy

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