What are the symptoms of V. vulnificus infection?
Symptoms of V. vulnificus infection may include fever, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. If your immune system is weak because you have liver disease, kidney disease or diabetes, V. vulnificus infection can cause more severe symptoms. These may include a high fever and chills, low blood pressure, redness, swelling and blisters on the skin. If you get V. vulnificus infection because of contact with an open cut, you may get a severe skin infection. If not treated, V. vulnificus infection can spread to your bloodstream and become life-threatening.
When should I call my doctor?
If you think you have a V. vulnificus infection, you should see your doctor or go to the hospital right away. Do not wait because the infection can be life threatening if left untreated.
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, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20070815/539.html)
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