How can I prevent Vibrio vulnificus food
The best way to prevent this type of food poisoning is
to not eat raw oysters or other raw shellfish and to cook all shellfish
(oysters, clams, mussels) thoroughly.
Boil shucked oysters for at
least 3 minutes or fry them in oil for at least 10 minutes at
375°F (191°C). For shellfish in
the shell, either:
Boil until the shells open and continue
boiling for 5 more minutes, or
Steam until the shells open and then
continue cooking for 9 more minutes.
Do not eat those shellfish that do not open during
You should also:
Avoid cross-contamination of cooked seafood
and other foods with raw seafood and juices from raw seafood. Don't prepare
them in the same place. And don't use the same cutting board when preparing
Eat shellfish immediately after cooking, and refrigerate
Avoid exposing open wounds or broken skin to warm
saltwater or brackish water or to raw shellfish harvested from such
Wear protective clothing, such as gloves, when you handle
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 18, 2012
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