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January 4, 2013

9 people ill after eating Cameron Parish oysters

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana's health department has recalled oysters from one southwestern harvest area and has closed it to shellfish harvesting because nine people got stomach illness after eating oysters gathered there.

The Department of Health and Hospitals order Friday recalls all oysters harvested since Dec. 28 in Basin 3, Area 30 in Cameron Parish, including shucked, frozen, breaded, post-harvest processed and oysters for the half shell market.

DHH did not say how much was recalled or how widely oysters from that area were sold.

The closure is expected to last at least three weeks. DHH says harvesters who work in that area have been notified.

The department says nobody was ill enough to be hospitalized. It says they may have had norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.

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