Vibrio vulnificus Infection | Overview


What is Vibrio vulnificus infection?

Vibrio vulnificus (say: “vib-ree-oh vul-nif-i-cuss”) is a type of germ (bacteria) found in warm seawater. V. vulnificus infection comes from contaminated shellfish (especially oysters) or other seafood or the ocean.

V. vulnificus is not a common infection. It is not contagious. This means that you can’t get it from other people.


Vibrio Vulnificus Infection: Diagnosis and Treatment by Michael H. Bross, M.D., Kathleen Soch, M.D., Robert Morales, M.D., and Rayford B. Mitchell, M.D. (American Family Physician August 15, 2007,

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Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 09/09