CDC: Oyster-linked norovirus outbreak sickens hundreds in 8 states –

TAMPA, Florida (wfla

) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to investigate a recent norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters harvested in Texas.

As of Thursday, 211 total cases of norovirus linked to raw oysters have been reported in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, according to an updated outbreak advisory from the CDC. The agency also acknowledged that there are likely more than 211 cases, as some of the sufferers may not report or seek treatment for their illnesses.

Officials said the outbreak appears to come from oysters from the TX 1 harvest area in Galveston Bay, Texas.

The affected oysters were harvested between November 17 and December 7 and sold at retail stores and restaurants in the eight aforementioned states, though they may have been distributed to other states as well, the CDC said.

On December 9, Publix issued a recall after Texas health officials reported 40 illnesses. The chain said the oysters, which had a Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) of 29697000000, were sold at both Publix locations and Publix GreenWise markets.

The FDA later confirmed that the oysters were potentially contaminated with norovirus.

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