Vibriosis Food Poisoning
Vibriosis is a foodborne illness caused by eating food that is contaminated with vibrio bacteria. Typically people become infected by eating undercooked or raw seafood, such as shellfish (especially oysters). Vibrio bacteria are more prevalent between May and October when the water is warmer. About 80% of vibriosis infections happen during this time period.
Vibriosis Side Effects
Symptoms can begin within 4-96 hours and may include watery (occasionally bloody) diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever. Vibriosis usually lasts anywhere from 2-5 days and people with compromised immune systems may experience more severe side effects like fever, bleeding within the skin, and ulcers requiring surgical removal
How is Vibriosis Treated?
Treatment is not necessary for mild cases of Vibriosis, however replacing fluids lost through vomiting and diarrhea is very important. While there is no evidence that antibiotics help treat Vibriosis, they are sometimes used in severe cases.
The risk of Vibriosis can be reduced by avoiding raw or undercooked oysters and other shellfish. Washing your hands after handling raw shellfish is also helpful to prevent Vibriosis. If a skin infection develops, tell your medical provider if your skin has come into contact with brackish or salt water, raw seafood, or raw seafood juices.
Were You Affected by Vibriosis?
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