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Norovirus outbreak from Texas includes Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) Wednesday put out a warning about norovirus cases found in the state connected to raw oysters from Texas found at some Mississippi restaurants.

As of Tuesday, 298 illnesses have been reported in states including Mississippi and Tennessee.

The FDA advisory is found here.

Symptoms of norovirus are as follows:

  • The most common symptoms of norovirus are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Other symptoms include fever, headache, and body ache.
  • A person usually develops symptoms 12 to 48 hours after being exposed to norovirus. Most people with norovirus illness get better within 1 to 3 days.
  • If you have norovirus illness, you can feel extremely ill, and vomit or have diarrhea many times a day. This can lead to dehydration, especially in young children, older adults, and people with other illnesses. Symptoms of dehydration include decrease in urination, dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up. Children who are dehydrated may cry with few or no tears and be unusually sleepy or fussy. 
  • If you think you or someone you are caring for is severely dehydrated, call your healthcare provider.

The FDA is issuing this alert advising consumers to not eat, and restaurants and food retailers to not sell, oysters harvested between Nov. 17 and Dec. 7 from harvest area TX 1, Galveston Bay, Texas due to possible norovirus contamination.

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