The Food and Drug Administration is advising people in 13 states not to eat certain raw oysters from South Korea after at least one person in Las Vegas fell ill with a virus that can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
The Southern Nevada Health District notified officials of two clusters of illnesses at a restaurant in Las Vegas, the FDA said. At least one person has been confirmed to have sapovirus disease and nine others potentially have the same disease. The Oysters were served on October 28 and November 5.
According FDA press releasesapoviruses cause sporadic gastroenteritis and the most common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain.
Symptoms usually appear within 48 hours, the FDA said.
“Consumers, especially those who are or may become pregnant, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, who have recently consumed raw oysters in (13 states) and suspect they have food poisoning should consult a doctor immediately,” officials said in the press release.
In addition to Nevada, the FDA notice applied to consumers and sellers in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Carolina North, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
The oysters were harvested on Feb. 6 and were exported by Dai One Food Company, the FDA said.
“The Korean company recalled frozen half-shell oysters, frozen IQF (individually quick frozen) oysters, and frozen oyster blocks harvested from the same harvesting area” on February 6, FDA officials said.