Multistate Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Infections Linked to Fresh Crab Meat Imported from Venezuela

 

CDC, state and local health officials, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections linked to eating fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela.

Important advice to consumers, restaurants, and retailers:

CDC recommends that consumers not eat, restaurants not serve, and retailers not sell fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela at this time.
This type of product may be labeled as fresh or precooked. It’s commonly found in plastic containers.
Food contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus usually looks, smells, and tastes normal.
If you buy crab meat and do not know whether it is from Venezuela, do not eat, serve, or sell it. Throw it away.
Investigation details:

CDC, state and local health officials, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections linked to eating fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela.
Epidemiologic evidence indicates that precooked fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela is the likely source of this outbreak.Twelve people infected with Vibrio parahaemolyticus who ate fresh crab meat have been reported from Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Four people (33%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from April 1, 2018 to July 3, 2018.
This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.