The Icelandic Food Administration reported that an outbreak of norovirus has been attributed to tainted oysters.


Officials report 44 cases linked to a restaurant in early November.

These are oysters imported from Spain as a juvenile and further grown for human consumption in the Skjálfandaflói by the company Víkurskel. This is the first time that norovirus was confirmed in oysters in Iceland.

Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness that often goes by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.

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The symptoms include nauseavomitingdiarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills,headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. In most people, the illness is self-limiting with symptoms lasting for about 1 or 2 days. In general, children experience more vomiting than adults do.

Norovirus is spread person to person particularly in crowded, closed places. Norovirus is typically spread through contaminated food and water, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your hand or fingers in your mouth and close contact with someone who is vomiting or has diarrhea.

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