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Scary Crab Meat - watch out!

Recently the CDC and USDA began an investigation of a multistate outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections linked to fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela. This infection can cause watery diarrhea, usually with abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, and fever.

Although Texas is not (yet) one of the affected areas, the CDC recommends not to eat, and restaurants not serve, nor retailers to sell fresh crab meat imported from Venezuela at this time.

The Venezuelan crab meat may be labelled as fresh or precooked, and is commonly found in plastic containers.

Important to know is that food contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus usually looks, smells, and tastes normal. So don't go by sense of taste or smell.

If you have crab meat at home and are not sure whether it is from Venezuela or not, do not eat, serve, or sell it. Just throw it away.

Take care of your body, my friends! It’s the only one you get!

Amanda Cudney, BSN, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

For more information, visit cdc.gov

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