Infectious agent: : Vibriosis is caused by bacteria from the Vibrionaceae family, most commonly Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus.
Description of illness: Vibrio bacteria naturally live in coastal waters and are transmitted to humans through consumption of uncooked shellfish, particularly oysters. Common symptoms of infection include watery diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, fever, vomiting and chills. In addition, skin infections can result from exposure of open wounds to brackish or salt water. Bloodstream infections can also occur.