La. bay closed to oyster harvest after people fall sick

WEST KARAKO BAY, La. (AP) -- Oysters from West Karako Bay in the remote southeastern marsh land of Louisiana have been temporarily barred from the market.

Health officials say seven people fell ill after eating oysters at a Chattanooga, Tenn., restaurant more than two weeks ago. Mike Voisin, chairman of the Louisiana Oyster Task Force, says oyster harvesting from the bay was closed December 21.

Voisin says six diners and one food handler fell sick with stomach virus symptoms and that inspectors plan to sample other oysters in West Karako Bay to see if any are bad.

Voisin says inspectors will try to figure out whether the oysters contained a virus or if the food handler contaminated the oysters.

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