Microbial Ecology

, Volume 65, Issue 4, pp 924–927 | Cite as

Isolation of Pandemic Vibrio parahaemolyticus from UK Water and Shellfish Produce

  • Andy Powell
  • Craig Baker-Austin
  • Sariqa Wagley
  • Amanda Bayley
  • Rachel Hartnell
Notes and Short Communications


Vibrio parahaemolyticus is a Gram-negative, halophilic bacterium found commonly in temperate and warm estuarine waters worldwide. V. parahaemolyticus is considered an emerging bacterial pathogen in Europe and has been responsible for several recent seafood-associated outbreaks. During ad hoc testing of raw shellfish produce in May 2012, pandemic group (O3:K6) V. parahaemolyticus was isolated from Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas), harvested in Southern England. Follow-on testing of water and shellfish, encompassing a small number geographically diverse sites, also retrieved pandemic group isolates. These strains are amongst the most northerly pandemic strains described to date and represent the first instance of pandemic V. parahaemolyticus isolated in the UK, highlighting the expanding geographical distribution of these foodborne pathogens in the environment.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andy Powell
    • 1
  • Craig Baker-Austin
    • 1
  • Sariqa Wagley
    • 2
  • Amanda Bayley
    • 1
  • Rachel Hartnell
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture ScienceWeymouth LaboratoryWeymouthUK
  2. 2.College of Life and Environmental SciencesUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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