Seasonality of Shellfish Poisoning

Seasonality of Shellfish Poisoning

Monthly distribution of oyster-associated Vibrio vulnificus illness (or shellfish poisoning) and deaths occurring in Florida from 1981-1994. Over the 14-year period, higher numbers of cases occur during summer. Monitoring in Florida shows a statistically significant assocation between concentrations of this pathogen in estuaries and temperature and salinity, the latter being affected by rainfall and runoff. (Adapted from: Lipp and Rose, 1997.)

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