are a species of bacteria that cause watery diarrhea and abdominal cramps. They are commonly found in coastal marine waters and, therefore, in filter-feeding shellfish such as oysters
(which, for this reason, are best eaten fully cooked).
Infection with Vibrio
species is especially dangerous when someone has a compromised immune system or liver disease. Vibrio
can also cause severe wound infections. Non-cholera vibrio
species include V. parahaemolyticus, V. vulnificus
, and others. Also see: Cholera