Vibrio vulnificus infections associated with raw oyster consumption--Florida, 1981-1992

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1993 Jun 4;42(21):405-7.

Abstract

Vibrio vulnificus is a gram-negative bacterium that can cause serious illness and death in persons with preexisting liver disease or compromised immune systems. From 1981 through 1992, 125 persons with V. vulnificus infections, of whom 44 (35%) died, were reported to the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS). This report summarizes data on these cases and presents estimates of the at-risk population in Florida.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Florida / epidemiology
  • Foodborne Diseases / epidemiology
  • Foodborne Diseases / etiology
  • Foodborne Diseases / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Ostreidae / microbiology*
  • Vibrio / isolation & purification
  • Vibrio Infections / epidemiology
  • Vibrio Infections / etiology*