Vibrio vulnificus Infection | Prevention


How can I avoid getting infected?

Avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish and other seafood, especially if you have an illness that weakens your immune system. Cook seafood thoroughly to kill any germs, including V. vulnificus bacteria. Wash kitchen utensils in hot, soapy water.

 Do not touch raw seafood juices if you have an open cut or wound. If you have an open cut or wound, avoid seawater activities, such as swimming, fishing or boating, until the cut has fully healed.


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