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Raw Oysters 2005

Oysters harvested from specific areas in the Gulf Coast were the cause of a multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A starting in August. The oysters were harvested prior to Hurricane Katrina, so they were not contaminated by the effects of the storm, but rather by waste-water discharge from a boat. Interestingly, this outbreak utilized molecular testing of blood samples and of the oysters to establish the link among the cases and the oysters.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2005
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Alabama
  • Organism(s):
  • Hepatitis
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Seafood, Shellfish, Oysters
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Many
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 39
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 39
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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