Information on this website focuses on Vibrio species causing vibriosis. To learn about the illness caused by certain strains of V.cholerae, visit CDC’s cholera website.
Vibrio causes an estimated 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the United states every year.
Eating raw oysters can increase the chance you will get sick with vibriosis. That’s because Vibrio bacteria thrive in coastal waters where oysters are harvested.
Getting seawater or seafood drippings on an open wound can cause vibriosis.
Some Vibrios can get into the bloodstream. Many bloodstream infections are fatal, and death can occur within days.
- Page last reviewed: May 13, 2016
- Page last updated: May 13, 2016
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