Posted: Mar 25, 2010 11:32 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2010 11:58 PM
Source: Associated Press
The state Department of Health and Hospitals has ordered the closure of oyster harvesting in an area in St. Bernard Parish.
The closure took effect at sunset Thursday.
State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says he signed the closure order when the department was notified of a possible norovirus outbreak in New Orleans. Several people became ill over the weekend after eating raw oysters harvested from Area 3 in St. Bernard.
DHH is investigating whether the oysters are to blame for the outbreak. Norovirus spreads easily and can cause one or two days of severe vomiting, cramps and diarrhea. Symptoms usually begin 24 to 48 hours after exposure.