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What is Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning?

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics
Vibrio vulnificus is commonly associated with raw or partially cooked oysters. This bacteria may cause two diseases: Primary Septicemia and Gastroenteritis. Common symptoms of Primary Septicemia are diarrhea, vomiting, fever, nausea and skin lesions; and the ones for gastroenteritis are diarrhea and abdominal cramp.

Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning is a food-borne illness caused by the bacterium for which it is named (Vibrio vulnificus). The disease is contracted by eating raw oysters or other undercooked seafood. It is most commonly seen in the Gulf region of the United States, but even there occurrences are rare. Severity of the disease can range from gastrointestinal symptoms in healthy people to severe disease and death in individuals with weakened immune systems.

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