Vibrio vulnificus oysters: pearls and perils

Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Mar 15;52(6):788-92. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciq251.


Vibrio vulnificus is a naturally occurring bacterium found ubiquitously in coastal waters. Infection with this organism, which is often associated with eating raw oysters, is the leading cause of seafood-related deaths in the United States. This article reviews the current scientific literature on this potentially lethal pathogen and discusses the prognosis, treatment, and prevention of V. vulnificus infections.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Foodborne Diseases / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Ostreidae / microbiology*
  • Seafood / microbiology*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Vibrio vulnificus / isolation & purification*