More getting sick from raw oysters

Officials still seeking source of stomach illness

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Department of Health and Hospitals is investigating additional reports from people who say they got sick after having eaten raw oysters. 

DHH spokeswoman Olivia Watkins told The Advocate that health officials are looking into calls received Monday about possible illnesses, but there's no definitive answer yet on whether those illnesses are a result of eating raw oysters.

Tuesday's announcement is the continuation of an investigation started last month that resulted in the precautionary, temporary closure of three oyster-harvesting areas.

Dr. Jimmy Guidry, state health officer, said the water in threeareas of the Louisiana coast have tested negative for fecal coliform, but that doesn't mean it wasn't there at some point.