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Vibrio vulnificus fact sheet
  • Published Date:
    September 8, 2005
  • Source:
    Disaster safety
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  • Description:
    What is Vibrio vulnificus? -- Symptoms of infection with V. vulnificus -- Illness caused by V. vulnificus -- How people become infected -- Concerns in hurricane-affected areas – Diagnosis – Treatment -- Recovery -- Other Vibrios.

    Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that is a rare cause of illness in the United States. The illness is very different from cholera, which is caused by different bacteria, called Vibrio cholerae. V. vulnificus infections do not spread directly from one person to another and are a serious health threat predominantly to persons with underlying illness, such as liver disease, or a compromised immune system. The organism is a natural inhabitant of warm coastal waters. Infection can occur after a wound is exposed to warm coastal waters where the V. vulnificus organism is growing. Infection may also be acquired by eating raw or undercooked seafood from those waters.

    CDC receives reports of over 400 Vibrio illnesses each year. Of those, about 90 per year are due to V. vulnificus. Most V. vulnificus illness occurs during warm-weather months.

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