Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Categorization
Cell Wall: Gram Negative Shape: Curved Rod
Metabolism: Facultative Anaerobe
Transmission
  • V. parahaemolyticus can grow independently in salty water and is often a contaminant of seafood. Transmission is by consumption of contaminated raw seafood and was first described in Japan.
Clinical Consequences
  • V. parahaemolyticus results in food poisoning following consumption of contaminated raw seafood. Disease is characterized by a watery infectious diarrhea which may or may not contain blood and pus. The diarrhea usually takes days to incubate and is self-limited.
Treatment
  • Supportive care