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Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Raw Oysters From Mexico

Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Raw Oysters From Mexico

January 17, 2024 — An outbreak of food poisoning has been linked to raw oysters from Mexico, according to a Food Safety Alert from the FDA.

The outbreak involves Rocky Point oysters that were harvested from Bahia Salina, Sonora, Mexico, according to a warning issued by the County of San Diego on January 11.

The oysters may have also been served at restaurants in Los Angeles County, according to the FDA.

At least 41 people fell ill after eating raw oysters at three locations of The Fish Shop restaurant (Pacific Beach, Point Loma, and Encinitas) as well as the Carlsbad Aquafarm. Other locations may also be involved.

The victims all reported eating raw oysters a day or two before they fell ill. The reported symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. No hospitalizations or deaths were reported.

In some cases, other household members (such as children) who did not eat the oysters fell ill, likely due to the virus spreading within the home.

In response to the outbreak, Mexican Shellfish Authorities have initiated an investigation into the source of the illnesses and closed the Bahia Salina growing area to harvest on 1/12/2024.

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