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Oyster Norovirus Lawsuit

Oyster Norovirus Lawsuit

Health officials warning people in the U.S. not to eat raw oysters from British Columbia, Canada after a large outbreak of Norovirus food poisoning illnesses.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting oyster induced food poisoning cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Norovirus after eating oysters, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: CDC Reports 103 Norovirus Illnesses From 13 States

On April 6, 2022, the CDC reported that raw oysters from Canada were linked to 103 illnesses in 13 states, and issued the following warning: “Norovirus Outbreak Linked to Raw Oysters from British Columbia

The 13 states where illneses have been reported include: CA, CO, FL, HI, IL, MA, MN, NJ, NV, NY, OR, TX and WA. The agency said it is “working with state and local partners to determine a more accurate number of illnesses in this outbreak and will update this number as more information is gathered.”

FDA Warning: Raw Oysters from British Columbia Linked to Norovirus Outbreak

In April 2022, the FDA warned people not to eat any raw oysters from Canada after multiple states in the U.S. reported outbreaks of food poisoning infections with Norovirus.

Raw Oysters Linked to 279 Illnesses in Canada

Canadian health officials reported that as of March 30, 2022, there have been at least 279 people in Canada who experienced gastrointestinal illnesses after eating raw oysters from British Columbia between mid-January and late March 2022.

Where Were They Sold in the U.S.?

In the U.S., the FDA has reported that potentially contaminated oysters from Canada were distributed to restaurants and retailers in the following states: California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and possibly other states through distributors.

According to the FDA warning:

“Retailers should not serve raw oysters harvested from the following harvest locations (or landfiles) within Baynes Sound: #1407063, #1411206, #278737 in BC 14-8 and #1400036, in BC 14-15. “Baynes Sound” will show on product tags as “14-8”and/or “DEEP BAY”, or “14-15.”

Not The 1st Outbreak — Raw Oysters From Canada Linked to 331 Illnesses in 2016-2017

This is not the first major outbreak of food poisoning linked to raw oysters from Canada. Between December 2016 and March 2017, there was another large outbreak with 331 cases of gastrointestinal illness reported in Canada. All of the people who fell ill reported eating oysters 12 to 48 hours before their illness began.

What is Norovirus?

Norovirus is a highly-contagious type of virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. It spreads very easily from direct contact with an infected person, contaminated food or water, and surfaces. In the past, massive outbreaks of Norovirus have been linked to cruise ships, restaurants, schools, and raw shellfish.

Symptoms of Norovirus

People who are infected with Norovirus usually develop symptoms within 24 to 48 hours of eating contaminated food, but symptoms can start within 12 hours. The illness often begins suddenly.

The main symptoms of Norovirus are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting (usually worse in children)
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps

Other symptoms may include:

  • Low-grade fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness

Prognosis & Long-Term Outlook

Most people recover within a few days without needing medical treatment. However, some people develop serious complications, often as a result of dehydration due to severe diarrhea and vomiting. Pregnant women, people with vulnerable immune systems, young children and the elderly are most at risk for severe complications.

Do I have an Oyster Norovirus Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting oyster induced food poisoning cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Norovirus after eating oysters, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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