Can Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning be prevented?

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The bacterium that causes Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning grows in warm seawater and infects animals such as clams, oysters, and fish. The bacterium is killed during cooking, and the easiest way to prevent Vibrio vulnificus food poisoning is with thorough cooking of seafood. It is especially important to avoid eating raw oysters that were harvested during the summer months when seawater temperatures are highest. Other safe food handling practices, such as proper washing of dishes, proper refrigeration of foods, and avoiding potentially spoiled foods, are also effective preventative measures.