Oregon Oyster Farms Recalls Yaquina Bay Oysters After Reports Of Norovirus

Oregon Oyster Farms has recalled all of its shucked and shellstock oysters that were harvested from Yaquina Bay after several reports of norovirus on the Oregon coast.

The Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Agriculture and Lincoln County Health and Human Services are working with Oregon Oyster Farms to investigate the cause of the norovirus outbreak, which has sickened 17 people. All recovered, although one person is hospitalized.

Norovirus is the most common foodborne illness in Oregon and the U.S. It is highly contagious and can cause severe inflammation of the stomach and intestines, called gastroenteritis. The symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pain, headaches and body aches and fever. People with weaker immune systems, like young children, seniors and people with other illnesses, are especially susceptible to dehydration when dealing with norovirus.

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