DHH recalls oysters after several people become ill

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals closed a Terrebonne Parish molluscan shellfish harvesting area Tueaday.

It is the area located in Basin 12, Area 23.

DHH also ordered a recall of all oysters harvested from that area since April 26, 2012 including shucked, frozen, breaded, post- harvest processed and oysters for the half shell market.

Fourteen people became ill with stomach viruses after eating the Louisiana oysters at a New Orleans area restaurant on April 28 or 29.

The illnesses were not life-threatening, and no one was hospitalized. Doctors traced the outbreak to Louisiana oysters consumed at the same restaurant. The oysters were harvested from Area 23.

The harvesting area is expected to be closed for at least 21 days.