Maybe forty years ago on Long Island, there was a local Australian themed restaurant we used to like, and one of their specialties was Carpetbagger Steak, stuffed with oysters. Sounded good, and I ordered and ate it. Within an hour or so, I got violently ill, dizzy, sweating profusely, nausea and diarrhea. I assumed it was food poisoning from bad oysters. Maybe five years later, I tried the same dish again and the exact same scenario ensued. I was done with the restaurant.
Fast forward another twenty years, and I was with my boss at one of his Florida homes, and his sisters were shucking fresh oysters. Despite my history, I was talked into eating them because they knew where they were from and they were fresh as could be. An hour later, sweating profusely, and with the same accompanying symptoms, I was on my back for the night. I was the only one that got sick.
Feeling only slightly better the next day, I did go out on the ocean in a small fishing boat with my boss and fellow employee. Of course my stomach rebelled, but thankfully just bailed upward. Later that night we went to a popular local bar restaurant and there on the menu was a warning, including possible death, about eating raw oysters for people with compromised immune symptoms or liver damage.
I'm convinced to NEVER knowingly eat an oyster again. I didn't even like them very much when I had them. I do love lobster, crab, scallops and like shrimp and clams as well as most fish, and I have no similar issues with any of them. My doctors have said my immune system and liver are fine.
I did a little googling to see if I could find the menu warning I saw, but it's not on their current online menu. I did find this though, from someone's lawsuit with another restaurant... "The restaurant menu warned of the danger of eating raw oysters, especially for persons with “chronic illness of the liver,” but ****** ordered without reading the menu." http://www.swlearning.com...rts/1105_torts_01.html