Vibrio vulnificus and other Vibrio bacteria live in warm coastal waters. Vibrio bacteria can cause illness when an open wound is exposed to coastal waters, or when a person eats contaminated seafood.
Eating raw shellfish – especially oysters – contaminated with Vibrio may cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Individuals with compromised immune systems, particularly those with chronic liver disease, are also likely to develop a bloodstream infection with fever and chills, blistering skin lesions and possibly death.
Anyone can get sick from vibriosis, but you may be more likely to get an infection or severe complications if:
Links referenced on this page
|wash your hands||http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/|
|About proper handwashing||http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/|
|Mississippi beachwater monitoring||https://opcgis.deq.state.ms.us/beaches/|
|Vibrio information from the CDC||https://www.cdc.gov/vibrio/|
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