Published in Hepatitis Weekly, September 3rd, 2001
Two men died in Los Angeles County of Vibrio vulnificus in early August 2001, and three other people have been hospitalized in the county with the infection since June.
The bacteria are generally found in raw oysters from the Gulf of Mexico and most severely affect people with AIDS, cirrhosis, hepatitis, cancer, and diabetes. Heavy drinkers and people undergoing chemotherapy are also at risk. Officials said all five people with the infection had liver...
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