Waters closed, oysters recalled after 14 illnesses

By The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana health officials say they closed an oyster harvesting area and ordered a recall of oysters taken there since April 26 after 14 people became ill with norovirus.

The closure, effective Tuesday, was expected to last at least 21 days.

The recall includes shucked, frozen, breaded and processed oysters and those for the half shell market taken from Area 23 in Terrebonne Parish southwest of New Orleans. In addition to the New Orleans area, some of the oysters were shipped to Maryland, Texas and Georgia.

Health officials said 14 people became ill after eating oysters from that area at one New Orleans area restaurant April 28 or April 29.

Norovirus causes vomiting or diarrhea. DHH says the illnesses were not life-threatening. Nobody was hospitalized.

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