NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Louisiana health officials say they closed a harvesting area and ordered a recall of oysters taken from there since April 26 after 14 people became ill with norovirus.

The closure started Tuesday and was expected to last at least three weeks.

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The recall includes shucked, frozen, breaded and processed oysters and those for the half-shell market taken from Area 23 in Terrebonne Parish southwest of New Orleans. In addition to the New Orleans area, some of the oysters were shipped to Maryland, Texas and Georgia.

Health officials said the people became ill after eating oysters from that area at one New Orleans area restaurant April 28 or April 29.

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Norovirus causes vomiting or diarrhea. Health officials say the illnesses were not life-threatening. Nobody was hospitalized.

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