Causes and Symptoms of Vibrio Infection
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a bacterium in the same family as those that cause cholera. It lives in brackish saltwater and causes gastrointestinal illness in humans.
V. parahaemolyticus naturally inhabits coastal waters
in the United States and Canada and is present in higher concentrations
- watery diarrhea
- abdominal cramping
- fever and chills
Usually these symptoms begin within 24 hours of exposure.
- Illness is usually self-limited and lasts approximately 3 days.
Severe disease is rare and occurs more commonly in persons with weakened immune systems.
V. parahaemolyticus can also cause an infection of the skin when an open wound is exposed to warm seawater.
Most people become infected by eating raw or undercooked shellfish, particularly oysters.
- Vibrio Infection Fact Sheet
MDH fact sheet that answers some common questions about Vibrio Infection.
CDC fact sheet that answers some common questions about Vibrio Infection. Attention: Non-MDH link
Do you suspect that you have a foodborne or waterborne illness? Visit reporting suspected foodborne/waterborne illnesses.