The consumption of raw oysters by healthy individuals will not result in severe Vibrio vulnificus infection (1).
Serious illness and death can result when at-risk individuals consume raw oysters. The health conditions that place individuals in the at-risk consumer category include (1):
- Liver Disease (from hepatitis, cirrhosis, alcoholism, or cancer)
- Iron overload disease (hemochromatosis)
- Cancer (including lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease)
- Stomach Disorders
- Or any illness or medical condition that weakens the body’s immune system*
If you are in an At-Risk category or are unsure about your risks, you can reduce the risk of illness by eating oysters that have been post-harvest processed or eliminate the risk of illness by eating oysters fully cooked.
*If you are unsure about your risks, please consult a physician.
What is Vibrio Vulnificus?
Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that occurs naturally in warm seawater. Vibrio vulnificus abundance is correlated with seawater temperature, and warmer water temperatures are linked to an increase in Vibrio vulnificus related illnesses. Learn More >>
Two types of Vibrio vulnificus infections can occur as a result of an at-risk individual consuming a raw oyster. These include Gastroenteritis and Primary septicemia. Learn more about their symptoms and treatment.