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Vibrio Species (Vibriosis)

Vibrio is a genus of bacteria that commonly live in water, including saltwater. There are several species of Vibrio that cause human illness, and all of them should be reported to the Section of Epidemiology.

Most Vibrio infections in Alaska are caused by species that occur naturally in coastal waters, especially when the water is warm. People who consume raw or undercooked seafood, such as oysters, can become infected with the bacteria, which is called vibriosis. Vibrio infection usually causes diarrhea, but if the bacteria get into an open wound, it can also cause a serious wound infection.

Commercial shellfish production is regulated by the DEC in Alaska. Additional information about shellfish harvesting and regulation is available on their website.

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For a snapshot of five year disease activity for select diseases in Alaska, click here