March 2, 2023 — Health officials are warning consumers to avoid eating wild harvest oysters from Cedar Key, Florida, after an outbreak of Salmonella was reported in 3 states.
The Florida Department of Health has reported 8 cases of Salmonella in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama, but it is possible that retailers and restaurants in other states received these oysters and served them to customers.
On February 24, officials closed shellfish harvesting area FL-3012 for the harvest of wild oysters and initiated a recall of wild oysters that were harvested between December 16, 2022 and February 24, 2023.
Contaminated oysters can cause serious food poisoning if they are eaten raw, especially in people with vulnerable immune systems.
Most people who are infected with Salmonella will begin to develop symptoms 12 to 72 hours later, according to the FDA. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most health people recover.
The symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, or blood in the urine or stool. In some cases, deadly complications may occur.
The FDA recommends that people who have eaten these recalled raw oysters who are experiencing symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their healthcare provider, who should report their symptoms to their local Health Department.
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