If you ate oysters recently and you’re feeling a bit queasy, you aren’t alone.
Nearly 40 people were sickened after eating oysters last month, which has caused the largest closure of the state’s oyster beds in a decade. The Times-Picayune reports that oyster harvesting grounds in St. Bernard, Plaquemines and parts of Lafourche and Jefferson parishes have been closed for the past two weeks.
Meanwhile state health officials have been searching for the source of the disease, Norovirus, which causes fever, chills, aches, nausea, and diarrhea that can last up to two days. The good news is Norovirus is non-life threatening, unlike bacterial vibrio vulnificus disease, which can cause liver damage and possibly death.
While some of the oyster beds near Grand Isle are scheduled to remain closed until further investigation, other beds in Plaquemines and St. Bernard will open next week.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.