Vibrio bacteria can
cause severe infections. They are naturally found in coastal, brackish water
such as the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Levels of Vibrio
bacteria usually go up as water temperatures get warmer.
People with liver
disease, diabetes, weakened immune systems, iron overload disease(hemochromatosis), and
people taking stomach acid reducers are at increased risk of severe
infection. Vibrio infection can occur from contact with the water or when
people cut themselves on objects or shellfish that have come from the
water. In Maryland, this sometimes happens when people handle live crabs
or crab traps. Vibrio infection can also come from eating raw or
undercooked shellfish, often oysters.
If signs or symptoms of
a skin infection occur after contact with the water, see a healthcare
provider right away.
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