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Where do the bacteria in Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning live?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The germ that causes Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning (Vibrio vulnificus) is a bacterium normally found in warm seawater. It is free-living, which means it does not need another organism in order to survive. The bacterium is taken into oysters and other shellfish when they feed, where it begins to reproduce into large numbers. If the oysters are eaten raw, the bacteria enter the body and cause the disease known as Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning.

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