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Virulence factors of Vibrio metschnikovii strains isolated from fish in Brazil



Virulence factors of Vibrio metschnikovii strains isolated from fish in Brazil



Food Control 18(6): 747-751



Vibrio metschnikovii is a natural inhabitant of the aquatic environment and has been isolated from seafood, and associated with disease in humans. This study presents results for virulence factors produced by V. metschnikovii strains isolated from fish. Results for virulence factors demonstrated that 38.5%, 92.3% and 100% of the strains were hemolytic on sheep, rabbit, and human blood agar, respectively. Verotoxin was produced by 100% of the strains tested and 76.9% were skin test positive. We concluded that potentially pathogenic Vibrio species, including V metschnikovii, must be considered when investigating food borne diseases related to consumption of raw or undercooked seafood, mainly fish.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2006.03.012



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