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by Jack Sanders
on July 9, 2015 at 10:50 AM
Interested in reading about clamming up North, reminds me of my days clamming on Cape Cod years ago. If I am correct, the vibrio bacterium is the cause of cholera also.
by Chris M Brunner
on July 9, 2015 at 2:24 PM
Jack,  
 
Yes, you're correct. The causative agent for cholera is Vibrio cholerae. While V. cholerae is endemic to the clamming area, and occasionally isolated, it is more commonly found in fresh/brackish water than in marine waters. This is not necessarily cause for concern; in order for a vibrio to actually cause disease it has to contain particular genes, referred to as virulence factors, which makes finding truly pathogenic bacteria especially rare.  
 
Thanks for your comment,  
Melissa
by Chris M Brunner
on July 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Read more about Vibrio cholera infection. http://www.cdc.gov/cholera/general/
 
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