What causes Vibrio parahaemolyticus food poisoning?

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Vibrio parahaemolyticus food poisoning is caused by a bacterium called Vibrio parahaemolyticus. This organism naturally exists in the salt waters, fish, and shellfish off the coast of the Canada and United States. An individual typically gets infected by consuming raw or improperly cooked food that is infected with the bacteria, like fish or shellfish and especially oysters. The bacterium causes illness when it binds to a person's small intestine and discharges a poison.

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