State to Reopen Two Oyster Beds Closed due to Norovirus - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

State to Reopen Two Oyster Beds Closed due to Norovirus

The following is a news release from the Department of Health and Hospitals:

Baton Rouge – The Department of Health and Hospitals will reopen both oyster Harvest Area 7 and oyster Harvest Area 3 this week. Area 7 will reopen at sunrise Thursday, April 15, 2010, while Area 3 will reopen at sunrise Friday, April 16, 2010. DHH closed the beds on March 24th and 25th, respectively, due to a Norovirus outbreak linked to oysters from the areas.

Area 7 is located in Plaquemines parish waters, on the east side of the Mississippi river, while area 3 is located in St. Bernard parish waters.  Testing by DHH has determined molluscan shellfish growing waters in harvest areas 3 and 7 are suitable for harvest of oysters.

DHH will continue to monitor conditions in the shellfish growing areas. Water standards for oyster harvesting areas are set by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference and can be found at www.issc.org.  DHH has the authority to open and close these waters under LSA-R.S. 40:5,3.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about DHH, visit http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov.

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