What is the role of Vibrio parahaemolyticus in the etiology of bacterial gastroenteritis?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Jennifer Lynn Bonheur, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Vibrio parahaemolyticus, a seafood-transmitted bacterium, appears to be an emerging foodborne pathogen in North America, with over 45,000 cases every year in the United States alone. [8]  The rise in incidence may be attributed in part to the climate change effects on the quantity and distribution of this pathogen. A new lineage of V parahaemolyticus has been identified (sequence type 631) that may rapidly become the predominant type endemic to the Atlantic coast of North America. [8]


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