National Fisherman

An oyster harvesting area in Cameron Parish has closed after nine people became sick to their stomach after eating oysters harvested from there. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals closed the area and ordered a recall of all oysters harvested from that area since Dec. 28.

The recall order, issued on Friday, includes shucked, frozen, breaded, post-harvest processed and oysters for the half shell market. The contaminated Cameron Parish harvest area – located in Basin 3, Area 30 – is expected to be closed for at least 21 days.

The nine people who became sick were not hospitalized and their illnesses were not life threatening, according to the state Department of Health and Hospitals. DHH epidemiologists and health inspectors looked into the illnesses and found that the each of the nine people had eaten oysters harvested from the same area.

Read the full story at the Times Picayune>>

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