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Causes of Vibrio vulnificus

Primary Cause of Vibrio vulnificus

The primary cause of Vibrio vulnificus is the result:

  • of eating food from an animal infected with an infectious agent, or from food that is contaminated from the food handler (who is infected with Vibrio vulnificus), or from contaminated soil or water, or from toxins produced by an infectious organism.
  • of an infectious agent.

Vibrio vulnificus Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Vibrio vulnificus:

Vibrio vulnificus: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Vibrio vulnificus, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Vibrio vulnificus:

Vibrio vulnificus: Causes and Types

Causes of Broader Categories of Vibrio vulnificus: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

What causes Vibrio vulnificus?

Causes: Vibrio vulnificus: V. vulnificus can cause disease in those who eat eat contaminated seafood or have an open wound that is exposed to seawater. (Source: excerpt from Vibrio vulnificus (General): DBMD)
Article excerpts about the causes of Vibrio vulnificus:

Vibrio vulnificus (General): DBMD (Excerpt)

V. vulnificus can also cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater; these infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulceration. Persons who are immunocompromised are at higher risk for invasion of the organism into the bloodstream and potentially fatal complications. (Source: excerpt from Vibrio vulnificus (General): DBMD)

Vibrio vulnificus: DBMD (Excerpt)

Eating raw or undercooked shellfish, particularly oysters harvested from warmer waters. Wound infections may occur when wounds or soft tissues are exposed to warm seawater. (Source: excerpt from Vibrio vulnificus: DBMD)

Related information on causes of Vibrio vulnificus:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Vibrio vulnificus may be found in:


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