Vibrios are naturally occurring bacteria typically found in marine waters. Several species of Vibrio are pathogens and can cause illness in humans including gastroenteritis and septicemia. Illnesses from Vibrio infections are often associated with the consumption of raw or undercooked seafood including bivalve shellfish. DMR has special regulations in effect in specific areas that reduce the risk of Vibrio infections caused by the consumption of oysters or hard clams. The most important preventative step to reducing Vibrio bacterial growth is rapidly cooling shellfish to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep Maine shellfish safe by keeping it cool!
For Vibrio certification please follow the next three steps.
- Watch the DMR Vibrio training video
- Complete the Vibrio Certification Quiz
- Submit your Vibrio control plan or renewal form (same form) to DMRPublicHealthDiv@maine.gov.