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Oyster Recall Due to Multistate Norovirus Outbreak

Posted on in Food borne illness

Illinois food poisoning lawyerMore than 200 people in the United States have contracted norovirus after eating contaminated raw oysters. Some 20 million people get sick as a result of norovirus each year. Thousands end up hospitalized and more than 900 die. If you have suffered food poisoning due to contaminated oysters, you need an experienced food poisoning attorney with a proven track record with these types of cases.

CDC Warning

The CDC warns that oysters from Galveston, Texas are contaminated. They were sold to restaurants and stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Additional states may be involved.

If you ate these raw oysters, they may contain viruses and bacteria that can cause illness or death. Children under five years old, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk of severe infections.

Symptoms of Norovirus

Norovirus is the most common foodborne illness in the United States. You should clean surfaces and containers that may come into contact with these oysters. Hand washing with soap and water is essential. However, if you feel ill you should see a doctor. Symptoms usually arise 12 to 48 hours after exposure. Some people feel flu-like symptoms, including body aches and severe gastroenteritis, which is inflammation of the intestine and stomach. Here are additional symptoms you may experience if you have norovirus:

  • Stomach Pain

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea

There is a risk of dangerous dehydration with norovirus, so if any child or elderly person gets norovirus, they should see a doctor right away. Food poisoning treatments include replacing fluids lost due to dehydration and antibiotics, depending on the type of food poisoning. The earlier you seek treatment, the better the outcome.

Win Favorable Results

The oysters with norovirus may look, smell, and taste normal. The best way to avoid food poisoning from oysters is to cook them well instead of eating them raw. Food alone does not cause food poisoning. Infection usually occurs because there is contamination at some point in the food production or preparation process. At Newland & Newland, LLP, we try to help protect people from sickness due to unsafe practices. Recently, we secured favorable results of more than $1 million in settlements and judgments.

Contact an Illinois Food Poisoning Lawyer

If you believe that you contracted norovirus from raw oysters or any other food call Newland & Newland, LLP. An Illinois food poisoning attorney will try to help you hold negligent parties accountable. Call 312-981-0409 for a free consultation.  

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/outbreaks/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/trends-outbreaks/illness-outbreaks-figure.html

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