Wednesday, May 11, 2011

DON'T EAT THE OYSTERS--US cholera outbreak affects 11

2011-05-11 08:05

Miami - As many as 11 people have reported getting sick from eating raw oysters contaminated with cholera bacteria in northern Florida, officials said on Tuesday.

The oysters came from Apalachicola Bay, near Panama City in northern Florida, about 482km from New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico coast, and the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning not to eat them.

State officials said 11 cases of illness were reported, while the FDA said eight of those have so far been confirmed as "caused by toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O75... No one was hospitalized or died".

The high number of cases is unusual, given that the Centres for Disease Control typically logs one to two cases per year, said an FDA spokesperson.

MORE AT THE LINK:

http://www.news24.com/World/News/US-cholera-outbreak-affects-11-20110511

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