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Illnesses Caused by This Type of Bacteria

Vibrio can cause a variety of human illnesses. The most common illnesses include:
 
  • Gastrointestinal (diarrhea)
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Sepsis (rare).
     
Gastrointestinal illness is most commonly caused by Vibrio cholerae and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Other, less common Vibrio species that can cause gastrointestinal illness include:
 
  • Vibrio mimicus
  • Vibrio fluvialis
  • Vibrio hollisae
  • Vibrio furnissii.
     
Soft tissue infections from Vibrio species most commonly occur from Vibrio vulnificus, Vibrio alginolyticus, or Vibrio damsela.
 
Sepsis most commonly occurs from an infection with Vibrio vulnificus. Very rarely, Vibrio parahaemolyticus can cause sepsis.
 
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