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January 26, 2000

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Apalachicola Bay Oysters Recalled for Contamination

Atlanta, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Certified Shellfish dealers in Georgia have been notified to remove from distribution and/or sale oysters in the shell (shell stock) and shucked oysters harvested during the period of January 4 through 21, 2000 from the Cat Point area of Apalachicola Bay (identified and tagged as area 1642) and to notify all of their retailers to return the products because of possible contamination.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services health epidemiologist has determined that oysters harvested from this area were associated with recent clusters of food borne illness caused by Norwalk Virus.

This virus is usually a self-limited, mild to moderate disease that often occurs in outbreaks, with clinical symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, low-grade fever or a combination of these symptoms. The gastro-intestinal symptoms usually last 24-48 hours. This disease sometimes gets transmitted because oysters become contaminated with human fecal material that carries the virus.

For additional information contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at (850) 488-5471.

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