The affected person may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever
. There is a wide range of offending agents, from bacteria
to viruses. Shellfish can be contaminated when human waste is introduced into the water that shellfish live. Offending agents in shellfish include campylobacter
jejuni, vibrio cholerae, vibrio vulnificus, and a variety of salmonella
species. In addition, hepatitis a
, a virus
that can cause liver disease, can be transmitted by contaminated shellfish.
While many healthy individuals have self-limited symptoms, in some patients that are immunosuppressed, very young or very elderly, or if symptoms persist or are severe (such as bloody diarrhea
, excessive nausea and vomiting
, or high temperature), call your doctor to be tested and treated.