Health District Advises Two Cases of Vibrio Reported in Nueces County

The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District announced today they have received reports on 2 Vibrio cases in Nueces County.

Vibrio bacteria naturally live in certain coastal waters and are present in higher concentrations between May and October when water temperatures are warmer. The bacteria can enter the body through an open wound or by consuming raw or undercooked shellfish and can make people sick. Symptoms can include:

  • Watery diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomitting
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Severe Pain
  • Blistering skin lesions

According to health officials, all patients received treatment at local hospitals and are recovering at this time.

Dr. William Burgin, Jr., Local Health Authority and the CDC advises residents to take precautions as follows:

  • Don’t eat raw or undercooked oysters or other shellfish. Cook them before eating.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after handing raw shellfish.
  • Avoid contaminating cooked shellfish with raw shellfish and its juices.
  • Stay out of brackish or salt water if you have a wound (including cuts and scrapes), or cover your wound with a waterproof bandage if there’s a possibility it could come into contact with brackish or salt water, raw seafood, or raw seafood juices.
  • Wash wounds and cuts thoroughly with soap and water if they have been exposed to seawater or raw seafood or its juices.
  • If you develop a skin infection, tell your medical provider if your skin has come into contact with brackish or salt water, raw seafood, or raw seafood juices.