What is Vibrio parahaemolyticus?
How can I avoid getting sick?
Is Vibrio parahaemolyticus changing?
Why is this important?
There's an adage about oysters: Only eat them in months with an R in the name. As the weather cools down, raw oysters become popular. But cooking is the only way to kill V. parahaemolyticus. Although vibriosis from this species generally is dangerous only for people with weakened immune systems, no one enjoys getting food poisoning.
And when you see a tray of plump oysters, think twice before you slurp them down. Maybe go for the shrimp cocktail instead.