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Raw oysters sold at Mississippi grocery stores, restaurants may cause norovirus: CDC

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Nearly 300 people in eight different states – including Mississippi – have fallen ill with norovirus following an outbreak in raw oysters.

In a release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health officials are warning retailers not to serve or sell raw oysters harvested in Galveston Bay, Texas, between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7.

As for consumers, if you have oysters at home from the Galveston Bay area, throw them away. Clean any utensils or food preparation surfaces that may have come in contact with the oysters.

If you think you might have gotten sick from eating contaminated raw oysters, contact your healthcare provider and report your illness to your local county health department. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain.

CDC and MSDH officials are investigating the multistate outbreak of norovirus.

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