The FDA Warns 13 States Not to Eat Some Raw South Korean Oysters After a Las Vegas Resident Got Sick
After at least one person in Las Vegas became ill with a virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting, the Food and Drug Administration is recommending consumers in 13 states not to eat some raw oysters from South Korea.
The Southern Nevada Health District notified officials of two clusters of illnesses linked to a Las Vegas restaurant, according to the FDA. At least one person was proven to have sapovirus disease, while nine others were possibly infected. The oysters were served on October 28 and November 5, respectively.
According to the FDA press release, sapoviruses cause intermittent gastroenteritis with symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach discomfort.
According to the FDA, symptoms usually appear within 48 hours.
“Consumers who have recently consumed raw oysters in (13 states) and fear they have food poisoning should seek medical attention immediately,” officials advised in a news statement.
The FDA recommendation also applies to consumers and sellers in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, in addition to Nevada.
The oysters were collected on February 6 and exported by Dai One Food Company, according to the FDA.
On February 6, FDA officials announced that “the Korean firm has recalled frozen half shell oysters, frozen oyster IQF (individually quick freezing), and frozen oyster block taken from the same harvest location.”
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