from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various short, motile, S-shaped or comma-shaped bacteria of the genus Vibrio, especially V. cholerae, which causes cholera.
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- n. Any of several bacteria, of the genus Vibrio, shaped like a curved rod
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus or formgenus of Schizomycetes or bacteria, by some authorities regarded as the same as Spirillum.
- n. [lowercase; pl. vibrios or vibriones (vib′ ri-ōz, vibri-ō′ nēz).] A member of this genus; a vibrion; a motile bacterium.
- n. [lowercase] An animalcule like or mistaken for a bacterium, and misplaced in the genus Vibrio: an old name of some minute nematoids, as those species of Tylenchus which infest wheat and cause ear-cockles.
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- n. curved rodlike motile bacterium
Cholera is an serious intestinal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacteria known as vibrio cholera.
Second quote:"The water in New Orleans has always had organisms called vibrio that cause cholera and cholera-like illnesses and could result in diarrhea, fever and severe dehydration."
Cholera, an acute diarrheal disease caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium vibrio cholerae, can be spread when food or water becomes contaminated by the feces of an infected person.
Rates of vibrio, bacteria that can contaminate raw shellfish, are up approximately 22%; and rates of listeria, found in raw or undercooked meat, dairy products, smoked fish and hot dogs and lunchmeats, are up approximately 19%, the report shows.
The most recent data shows that there were 11 deaths due to vibrio in California, Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
Deaths caused by vibrio vulnificus are trending downward, says Kevin Begos, director of the Franklin County (Florida) Oyster and Seafood Task Force.
This year the Food and Drug Administration tried to require that raw oysters harvested in Gulf states in summer be treated in order to lower rates of an especially dangerous form of vibrio: vibrio vulnificus.
In some instances, the cuts allow a dangerous seaborne bacterium, vibrio vulnificus, to infect the skin, causing blistering or lesions.
The culprit is vibrio, a naturally occurring bacteria that's more prevalent in the bay during hot weather.
The state health department says there have been 24 cases of vibrio infection this year.