Vibrio Sickens At Least 12 in Maryland Linked to Crab. How Does Vibrio Contaminate Shellfish?

Crab meat imported from Venezuela sickens at least 12 in Maryland with Vibrio infection, health officials say.  Four have been hospitalized so far and no deaths have been reported.  Interviews indicate those affected consumed fresh, non-pasteurized crab meats from a plastic tub prior to falling ill.  While the brands consumed may have different, the labels indicated meat imported from Venezuela. The crab products of interest were prepared in both households and restaurants according to a Maryland Health Department news release.  Those affected report consuming dishes ranging from crab cakes, to seafood salad.  Even crab Benedict. Symptoms of Vibrio include watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, nausea, fever, and chills.  Anyone exhibiting symptoms should seek medical attention.  While anyone cane become infected with vibriosis (the illness associated with vibrio infection), certain groups of people are at higher risk.  Those with…

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