Sapovirus Identified in Korean Oysters: FDA Cautions About Eating Raw Oysters in 13 States

After one confirmed case of a virus that causes diarrhea and vomiting in Las Vegas, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to residents of 13 states not to consume specific South Korean raw oysters.

The FDA reported that the Southern Nevada Health District had notified authorities of two outbreaks of disease linked to the same Las Vegas restaurant.

One case of sapovirus disease was verified, with nine further cases suspected. Oysters were provided on October 28 and November 5. According to the FDA, symptoms often appear within two days.

Those who have recently consumed raw oysters in (13 states) and fear they have food poisoning should seek immediate medical assistance, according to the announcement. This is especially true for pregnant women, the elderly, and others with compromised immune systems.

Consequences of the Sapovirus

FDA warns against consuming certain raw oysters distributed to 13 states after reported illnesses

Sapoviruses, which are quite similar to norovirus, cause a kind of gastroenteritis that can strike anyone at any age. Children younger than five years old are more likely than adults to contract the virus.

Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain are typical presentations of sapovirus infection. Aside from this, you may also experience a high temperature, headache, and generalized aches and pains.

FDA Measures

Due to probable sapovirus contamination, the FDA is issuing this advisory to warn consumers not to consume and restaurants and retailers not to sell oysters collected on 2/6/2022 from Designated Area No. II from Dai One Food Co in ROK.

The FDA shared import and harvest information with state contacts and the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC).

The Food and Drug Administration is waiting for updates on the oysters’ potential for additional interstate distribution before deciding whether or not to offer help to state authorities.

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