April 16, 2024
Oysters. Photograph credit score: Yung-pin Pao from Pixabay

The San Diego County Well being and Human Companies Company linked 41 confirmed and possible instances of norovirus sickness to uncooked oysters imported from a particular harvest in Northwest Mexico, officers introduced Thursday.

Based on the company, the instances started in mid-December when individuals dined on uncooked oysters from Sonora.

The oysters have been accessible by eating places and wholesale places. The county is asking those that bought “Rocky Level oysters” packed by GOLPAC, positioned in Bahia Salina, to not eat or serve them till an investigation of the outbreak is full.

Circumstances so far have been tied to oysters served at three places of The Fish Store – in Pacific Seaside, Level Loma and Encinitas – and the Carlsbad Aquafarm. Different places could emerge throughout this investigation.

The sicknesses have been brought on by norovirus, the main reason behind vomiting and diarrhea amongst individuals of all ages within the U.S., based on an announcement from the county.

The individuals who received sick reported consuming uncooked oysters a day or two upfront of signs. The victims vary in age from 12 to 83 years outdated. Signs included nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Not one of the sicknesses required hospitalization.

“The county recommends that folks ask the place oysters had been harvested when consuming out or getting meals from wholesale places to keep away from consuming Rocky Level oysters from Bahia Salina, Sonora, Mexico,” mentioned Dr. Wilma Wooten, county public well being officer.

She addd that it’s necessary for anybody who’s sick to hunt medical care. She additionally mentioned these with the ailment ought to wash their arms, in addition to those that reside with them, to keep away from contaminating surfaces and meals that might additional unfold the an infection.

A number of family members, together with kids, who didn’t eat the oysters have subsequently turn into ailing, seemingly as a consequence of unfold throughout the residence, county officers mentioned.

Folks contaminated with norovirus typically develop nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdomen cramps, fever and physique aches 12 to 48 hours after consuming contaminated meals. The sickness usually lasts for 1-3 days.

The vomiting and diarrhea can result in dehydration requiring medical consideration, particularly in younger kids, older adults and other people with different sicknesses.

The county is working with the California Division of Public Well being, together with the Shellfish Program, to proceed investigating sicknesses related to oysters.

To report sickness to the county after eating out or buying from wholesale meals places, name 858-505-6814, or e mail [email protected].

– Metropolis Information Service