ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The health department is warning Marylanders to avoid fresh Venezuelan crab meat after several reports of illness.
News outlets report the Maryland Department of Health has confirmed at least nine cases of Vibrio infections linked to consumption of fresh, unpasteurized crab meat from Venezuela.
No one has died, but two of the nine confirmed cases have resulted in hospitalization.
Vibrio bacteria can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, fever and chills.
The imported crab meat is sold in plastic tubs under different brand names.