What increases my risk for Vibrio parahaemolyticus food poisoning?

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You increase your risk for Vibrio parahaemolyticus food poisoning by eating raw or improperly cooked seafood, especially oysters. Since the Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacterium thrives in warm, salty coastal waters and in the seafood of those waters, you additionally increase your risk of infection during the warm months of the year. If you inadequately refrigerate saltwater fish and shellfish, you also increase your risk of infection.