How does Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The symptoms related to Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning are due to a number of proteins produced by the bacterium Vibrio vulnificus. After entering our body, a protein on the surface of the bacteria attaches to a protein on the surface of our cells. The bacterium then releases a number of additional proteins that break down tissue, cause leaky blood vessels, destroy skin, and cause fluid buildup in the intestine. These problems lead to accumulation of fluid in the body, skin sores, and diarrhea. In addition, exposure to these foreign proteins causes fever and possibly shock.

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