If you are a seafood lover, then you need to read this post as soon as possible.

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And not just any type of seafood, we have a problem with oysters here in the Garden State.

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According to NJ.com, "oysters that came from British Columbia in Canada have been linked to an outbreak of norovirus."

And some of these contaminated oysters were shipped to restaurants, bars and other retailers in New Jersey.

Of course they were....

FYI: Other states that were sent contaminated oysters include California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

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Wow.

First let's talk about what the norovirus is and the symptoms that may surface if you've contracted it.

Then we will get to which oysters were contaminated.

Here we go:

What Is The Norovirus & What Are The Symptoms?

An oyster contamination linked to a Norovirus outbreak has made its way to New Jersey. Here is all you need to know:

So basically, the Norovirus sounds like an intense version of a really bad stomach bug.

Want to avoid getting it at all costs?

I don't blame you.

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Contaminated oysters came from, "harvest locations within British Columbia - BC 14-8 and BC 14-15 -- with harvest starting as early as January 31st," according to NJ.com.

For the time being, don't eat any raw oysters.

Especially since contaminated oysters won't necessarily have an off smell or taste. It's just safer.

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My sister and I are HUGE oyster lovers and I sent her a message immediately.

Her response? "YOLO!"

No. No...this is not a Yolo situation...unless you want to puke your brains out.

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Be safe out there seafood lovers.

Here are some other solid seafood options to utilize at the Jersey Shore for the time being:

The Most Succulent Seafood in Ocean County

Where To Find The Best, Most Creative Pasta Dishes At The Jersey Shore

Bring on the carbs...